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Overcoming the Invasive Species Challenge

We are convening a major gathering of leading scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to solve seemingly intractable problems – problems that leave us vulnerable to the adverse impacts of invasive species. Invasive species are non-native organisms that adversely impact the environment, economy, infrastructure, cultural resources and identity, and/or human and animal health. They are estimated to cost the U.S. nearly $200 billion annually. Together, we will celebrate new opportunities to prevent, eradicate, and control invasive species, as well as identify the next big scientific and technical challenges to be overcome.

  • How do we prevent the spread of Zika virus and its vectors?
  • How do we eradicate rodents from human-inhabited islands?
  • How do we stop the devastation and spread of lionfish?
  • How do we overcome cheatgrass dominance and restore sagebrush ecosystems?
  • How do we keep Bsal from entering the U.S.?

The day-long event will feature presentations by leading innovators in invasive species research and technology development. In addition, the Summit will offer opportunities for professional networking between those in need and those in the know. Most importantly, the Summit will make it feasible for participants to further innovate, sponsor, and apply practical knowledge and tools that will make a difference. And, it won’t stop there, as soon as the day concludes, the Summit’s “Going Beyond” team will begin to strategically move Summit outcomes into highly influential scientific, technical, and policy frameworks.
Are you an innovator? Join us.
Monday, December 5, 2016

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Av. SW, Washington DC

Please note:  If you wish to attend the reception, you MUST register for it separately.

Register for the Innovation Summit:
Register for the Summit Reception:

Deadline for Registration is November 29th.

Not able to attend the Innovation Summit in person? Join us on the web: 

Smithsonian Institution
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
National Invasive Species Council Secretariat
Island Conservation
Conservation X Labs
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force

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