The large scale and complexity of the invasive species issue frequently results in inaction; there is a common belief that, once established, it is no longer logistically or financially feasible to eradicate or control populations of invasive species. This belief limits innovative thinking, as well as funding for the scientific and technological advancements that could turn a seemingly intractable situation into a resolvable problem. There is a need to: (a) overcome limiting beliefs about scientific and technical capacities for invasive species prevention and management and (b) foster innovative problem solving. 

MP Action 6.2: Working with scientific and technical institutions, organize and co-host an Innovation Summit that: (a) promotes scientific, technical, and technological advances that can facilitate invasive species prevention, eradication, and control and (b) identifies priority needs for further advances in science and technology that can provide solutions to some of the worst invasive species challenges in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Progress report: The first annual Innovation Summit was held on December 5th, 2016 at the Smithsonian Institution. Click on the links below for more details. The presentations and associated recordings are available here.

Summit Agenda
Speaker Bios
Presentation Abstracts
Summit Flyer