Symposium Registration


Collage image split by rising curve from left to right with a person in protective gear using a brush cutter on dry yellow starthistle in the left and mixed red and green iceplant on ocean cliffs on the right header text overlay Getting Ahead of the Invasion Curve 2024 Cal-IPC Symposium Online, Oct. 23-25

Join us for another year of learning together! 

Theme sessions will explore the ways in which we can “get ahead of the curve” by focusing efforts on the early stages of the “invasion curve.” This means employing strategies of prevention and early detection/rapid response – strategies that are simple conceptually but more complex in practice. Speakers will share their work at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

Other sessions will dig into a wide range of topics on invasive plant management and stewardship. We also plan to hold to hold in-person workshops in winter, so stay tuned for announcements those events. 



Symposium features:


8:30 – 10:30 am: 2024 Statewide Weed Management Area Meeting

11:00 am – Noon: Career Panel, Designed for students and early-career professionals. Hear advice and input from people in different areas of the conservation field. 

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Workshops and Discussion 

  • Workshop – Weeds 101: Principles of Integrated Pest Management for Beginners, An overview of integrated pest management designed for those new to the field.
  • Workshop – Weeds 201: Effective Invasive Plant Management, A more in-depth training intended for those designing and overseeing weed management programs.
  • Workshop – Using WeedCUT to Help Design Your IPM Approach, A tour of the new online decision support tool and how it helps select the right weed management methodologies for your situation.
  • Workshop – Mapping Wildland Weeds in Calflora, A guide to the key aspects of Calflora functionality for creating and using spatial data.
  • Discussion – Field Safety Through an Equity Lens, A collaborative, facilitated discussion of how to improve field safety protocols and strategies for those who may be at higher risk for harassment or danger because of their identity/identities when doing research or other work in the field. 

3:00 – 5:00 pm: DPR Laws & Regulations



Session talks, lightning talks, and posters cover a range of topics, including:

  • Aquatics, riparian, and wetlands
  • Biocontrol for invasive plants
  • Community engagement/volunteer programs
  • Grasslands management
  • Indigenous perspectives on land management approaches
  • Intersection of art and science in weed management
  • Invasive plant management in rare plant and sensitive habitats
  • Lessons learned
  • Mapping, remote sensing, and geospatial technologies
  • Monitoring and data-driven adaptive management
  • New weeds: identifying and managing
  • Regional updates
  • Restoration and stewardship
  • Tools and techniques
  • And more!


  • Prevention: The First Step in Protecting Resources
  • New Arrivals and Expansions
  • Herbicides: A Hot Topic

Plus, our annual Photo Contest, Exhibitor Gallery, and Awards!


Rates for 2024 Cal-IPC Symposium, Online streaming, Oct. 23-25

Early Bird through Aug. 26/ Regular through Oct. 10 / Late registration closes Oct. 22, 5pm.

Member: $95 early bird / $120 regular / $145 late
Non-Member: $125 early bird / $150 regular / $175 late
*Student & Limited Income Member: $25 early bird / $40 regular / $55 late
*Student & Limited Income Non-Member: $40 early bird / $55 regular / $70 late
Presenter – Submitted Abstract: $25 early bird / $50 regular / $75 late (Presenters whose Abstracts were accepted for the 2024 Symposium)
Presenter – Student: $0

Additional Costs/Discounts:

Charge for DPR continuing education credits: $50
Discount for attending SERCAL: Subtract $25 with discount code 

*Student & Limited Income: Cal-IPC is committed to creating equitable access to our resources. Discounts apply to individuals in a degree program or up to 1-year post-graduate, or for members of our community for whom the cost of registration would be a barrier to participation. Thank you!

Return policy: Please purchase carefully. No refunds.


John H. Anderson Scholarships

Thanks to a generous donation that established Cal-IPC’s John H. Anderson Land Steward Training Fund, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to early career professionals or students in conservation and land management fields to assist with the costs of travel and/or missed work. Scholarships of $200 and waived registration are available for 20 individuals to participate in the 3-day 2024 Cal-IPC Symposium. Deadline to apply: August 1, 2024

DPR Credits

Once we have the program in place (mid-year), we will apply for DPR CEUs for licensed herbicide applicators. To get credit, be sure to sign up for DPR CEUs with your registration. There is an additional fee to cover staff time processing. ($50) In past years, we have been approved for 2 units fulfilling Herbicide Laws & Regulations, as well as 10-13.5 hours of “other” units. 

Questions or concerns, please email

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