First notification – Call for Abstracts

Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy (FINS)

9th to 11th April 2013

Galway Bay Hotel and Conference Centre, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) will host an international conference that will address key topics relating to freshwater invasive species and harmful aquatic pathogens.

The primary objective of the conference is to provide a forum where international scientists, policy makers and stakeholders will address designated themes with a view to informing management and policy development in this increasingly important area. The themes that will provide the focus for deliberations during the conference will be:

  • Policy
  • Biosecurity
  • Management & Risk Assessment
  • Economics

Invited experts from around the globe will address the above themes, with ample time given to panel discussion.  Workshop sessions led by the keynote speakers and other experts, as required, will provide the main focus of the conference and will be arranged to facilitate involvement of all delegates in relatively small groups. Synthesis sessions will aim to draw firm conclusions from the discussions and put forward concrete recommendations that will inform both national and international policy makers.

Call for Abstracts

While the oral presentations will be given by invited speakers, posters that address the themes listed above will form an integral part of the conference proceedings, increasing the opportunity for networking during the conference. The Organising Committee invites abstracts of posters, no more than 300 words, to be submitted to the conference email ( by 14th December 2012.