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IPMWG 2018, update from the UK Liaison

Dear fellow IPM nerds, geniuses & friends,

I would like to remind you all that the UK equivalent to the IPMWG meeting:  the Odyssey Group’s meeting, will take place this year at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on July 4th. Should  you wish to attend, please feel free to drop me an email. There is no fee for registration but it is a first-come, first-serve basis and places are limited.

If you are yet to read David Pinniger’s great IPM book, published by Archetype in 2015, here is a good review by our man in Vienna; Pascal Querner; to open your appetite. David will be presenting his latest publication with Dee Lauder on IPM at English Heritage in  the Spring this year, watch this space!

A new species of Silverfish has been found in the UK Museums in 2017, the Grey Silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, was found at the Museum of London, as first reported by Conservator Abby Moore in ICON news, and have since been found at the Natural History Museum, London (just by the IPM Rep for Entomology Department’s desk, somehow helpfully).  The implications of this finding should be considered serious as the species is already spreading rapidly in Europe and has also been found to survive and cause damage at ambient relative humidity (40-60%RH).

I would also like to leave here a reminder that the 4th International IPM  Conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 21-23 May 2019. The call for papers is out and the deadline for abstracts submission is upon us but you still have time until 15 April 2018! I hope to see very many of you there, is going to be a fantastic conference.

If you are interested in Natural History collections, the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) will meet in Dunedin, New Zealand, 25 August to 8 September this year. Their conservation committee would welcome new members with an IPM background or interest; if you can’t travel to New Zealand, fear not, they will be back in the US in 2019 in Chicago.

2021 will be 10 years since the last Pest Odyssey conference… (opening of Richard Strauss’ Thus Spoke Zarathustra).

I’m writing this post as we wrap up this year’s meeting on a sunny and cold Friday 16th March and I am already feeling slightly melancholic that our time in snow covered and picturesque Harvard has gone so fast; but also happy that I have had a change to see old friends and meet new ones and work and learn alongside you all. Since we seem to have a knack on predicting mastondontica (that’s mammoth in Spanish, I thought you might like it) snow storms, I’m putting my money on a good one hitting Indiana next year! Prepare those snow boots Señor Kelley!

Thank you Rachael, Matt, Pat and thank you to the fantastic and welcoming local committee; Genevieve, Morgan & Jon  for such a great meeting!

Armando Mendez

a.mendez@nhm.ac.uk

Natural History Museum, London, UK

On Her Majesty’s IPM Service

 

 

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IPM Working Group Meeting 2018 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

March 14 – 16, 2018

Sponsored by Harvard University Herbaria, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The host for this year’s meeting are three of Harvard University’s museums – Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. While IPM has been a long-time component of these historic museums’ preventive conservation programs, this is their first time hosting the IPM Working Group (IPM-WG). We are grateful for their willingness to provide a welcome meeting space. 

As always, the IPM-WG meetings are designed to help institutions with active IPM programs by bringing individuals together to tackle projects related to particular pest-related challenges.  All information resulting from these collaborations are placed on the MuseumPest.net website for the benefit of the cultural heritage community. 

The program is scheduled for 2.5 days, beginning the afternoon of March 14th, with optional tours held across several locations within Harvard University, including collections tours where participants will have the opportunity to take a look behind-the-scenes.

The following two days (March 15-16) will revert to the traditional IPM-WG schedule focusing on further development of the online content for the MuseumPest.net website.  Short 5-10 minute presentations by participants on IPM-related activities and/or projects at their home institutions are interspersed with the work sessions.  If you would like to present to the group, please indicate your interest when you RSVP for the meeting. 

There is no fee for attending the program; however, participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board.  Additionally, participants are expected to take on an assignment that will result in content for the MuseumPests.net website. The two-and-a-half-day program is by invitation only as space is limited. 

To request a spot please RSVP by e-mailing: chair@museumpests.net including: “IPM-WG 2018 Meeting” in the subject line. Your request must include:

Name
Address (Company/institution)
Phone #
E-mail

RSVP’s will be accepted through March 1st, 2018 or until spots are filled.  Priority will be given to returning participants on a first-come, first-served basis and to new participants who are actively involved in an IPM program in their institution.  

Please note: The IPM-WG meetings do not teach IPM and are only appropriate for individuals working with an active IPM program.  For more information on establishing a program, please consult the MuseumPests.net website. 

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