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24th Annual Cal-IPC Symposium

San Diego Convention Center

October 28-31, 2015

plus a special conference on:

Habitat Conservation Planning

October 29, 2015

San Diego Convention Center
Join us in the heart of San Diego, between San Diego Bay and the historic Gaslamp Quarter!

Abstracts due June 15! Registration opens June 1!

The 2015 Symposium will be held October 28-31 at the San Diego Convention Center, located on San Diego Bay near the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Join fellow land managers, researchers, and conservationists to catch up on the latest findings in invasive plant biology and management. In addition to the customary focus on effective program planning and tools of the trade, our 24th annual Symposium will feature a parallel one-day conference on "Invasive Plant Management and Habitat Conservation Planning". Stay tuned for more details in June.

The Symposium will feature a broad range of presentations, discussion groups, trainings and field trips, with activities like our photo contest and awards mixed in. Trainings and a session on Pesticide Laws and Regulations will be held on Wednesday; sessions will be on Thursday and Friday, with the one-day parallel HCP conference on Thursday; and field trips on Saturday (Halloween!). We anticipate continuing education credits from DPR (12 hours "Other" and 2 hours "Laws & Regs". (Trainings and field trips will have additional continuing education credits.)


Abstract submission for contributed papers and posters is open! Submit your abstract by June 15. Visit the Presenters page.

As always, the Symposium will feature presentations on the latest research, tools, and techniques. This year, we will also have sessions featuring:

  • Desert and Baja California
  • Stopping the Next Invaders
  • Programs to Learn From
  • Working with Conservation Corps
  • UAVs (Drones) for Weed Work

Training: Strategic Approaches for Invasive Plant Managent
Wed., Oct. 28, at the Mission Trails Regional Park, with instructors Steve Schoenig, Andrea Williams, Brent Johnson, Gina Darin and Jason Giessow. (Directions to Mission Trails)

Training: Calflora Weed Manager
Wed., Oct. 28. Location to be announced. Instructors: Calflora staff

Field Trips: Full-day and half-day trips on Sat., Oct. 31, will visit restoration projects and scenic sites near San Diego, including Rancho Jamul!

SPECIAL HCP Conference: This parallel event shares several sessions with the main Symposium on Thursday, but heads off in its own direction for several sessions as well. The conference looks for opportunities for regional Habitat Conservation Planning to support landscape-level invasive plant management. See the HCP Conference page for more details.


Sponsor the Symposium early to get the most visibility for your organization during the run up to the event!

Lodging and Registration

For lodging and other attendee information, visit the Attendees page.

Registration will open June 1. Visit the Registration page.

poster session
Always the year's best opportunity for land managers to network and learn!

Raffle & Auction

Each year we host a reception featuring the fabulous Cal-IPC Raffle and Silent Auction! We are seeking your donations of useful, beautiful, or creative items. Books, tools, art, wine, crafts, trips, recreation equipment, gift certificates - anything a weed worker could want is fair game. Visit our Auction page!

Thanks for planning to attend! Check back in the upcoming months for specifics on registration, abstract submission, and the conference program.

See our Symposium Archive for programs, abstracts, presentations, proceedings and working group notes from previous symposia, starting from 1995!