IPM Symposium postpones to 2022, names award winners



February 18, 2021


February 18, 2021



The 10th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, originally planned for March 15-18, 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now scheduled for Feb. 28-March 3, 2022. The event is still set to take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colo.

Organizers of the IPM Symposium named award winners in the following five categories:

International IPM Lifetime Achievement Awards of Excellence: 

  • Dr. Anthony M. Shelton, International Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
  • Dr. Thomas A. Green, President, IPM Works LLC, and former President, IPM Institute of North America
  • Dr. Charles Vincent, Research Scientist (Entomology), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and
    Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

International IPM Lifetime Achievement Awards of Recognition: 

  • Dr. Tom A. Royer, Professor and IPM Coordinator, Oklahoma State University
  • Dr. Rangaswamy N. Muniappan, Director, Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL), Virginia Tech University

International IPM Awards of Excellence: 

  • Dr. Jawwad Qureshi, Assistant Professor, University of Florida (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Ms. Janet Hurley, Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Dr. Andrew Sutherland, Area Urban IPM Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Mr. Frank Meek, BCE, Manager Technical Services, Rollins Inc. (IPM Practitioner – Non-Academic)
  • Plantwise – CABI (IPM Team)
  • California Almond IPM Team, University of California Cooperative Extension (IPM Team)
  • IPM Innovation Lab, Virginia Tech University (IPM Team)

International IPM Awards of Recognition: 

  • Mr. Lynn Braband, Senior Extension Associate, The New York State IPM Program, Cornell University (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Dr. Richard Raid, Plant Pathology Professor & Associate Center Director, UF/IFAS/Everglades Research & Education Center (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Dr. Shahadath Hossain, Principal Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh (IPM Practitioner – Academic)
  • Mr. Leon Lucas, District Manager, Glades Crop Care Inc. (IPM Practitioner – Non-Academic)
  • Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research and Development Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (IPM Team)
  • Honeybear Brands, Elgin, MN (IPM Team)
  • Center for Biological Control (CBC) IPM Team, Florida A&M University (IPM Team)

International IPM Awards for Graduate Students: 

  • Ms. Uta McKelvy, Montana State University (Outstanding Doctoral Student)

According to a news release, “IPM Practitioner—Non-Academic” is a new category this year, to honor individuals for outstanding “boots-on-the-ground” work implementing IPM practices. Candidates were IPM users, promoters or service providers who have made outstanding contributions to IPM adoption and implementation, and whose work has had a direct and positive impact on end-users, clients or the public.

Examples of people who fall into this category include school IPM coordinators, pest management professionals, growers, crop consultants, pest control advisors, facility managers, landscape or turf managers, maintenance or operations staff, public housing managers and more.


Past participants at IPM Symposium events have included research, extension and teaching academics, IPM-oriented students, private and government scientists, industry representatives, independent consultants, NGO professionals, policy makers and agency administrators, and IPM practitioners from the U.S. and more than 30 countries.

Featuring a theme of “Implementing IPM across Borders and Disciplines,” the IPM Symposium is scheduled to feature the following highlights (per the website):

  • Mini-symposia featuring experts addressing hot topics in the IPM field
  • More than 40 concurrent sessions designed for practitioners, growers, educators, consultants, researchers, industry professionals, students, and employees of non-governmental organizations
  • CCA credits available
  • Presentation of the 2021 IPM Achievement Awards
  • Poster presentations of research and best practices
  • Field trips to see IPM in action in the Denver area
  • Exhibits from leading IPM suppliers


About the Author

Danielle Pesta

Danielle Pesta is the digital media manager North Coast Media, the parent company of PMP magazine. She can be reached at dpesta@northcoastmedia.net or 216-363-7928.

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