NAISMA hosts the only conference to bridge geographic divides across North America in invasive species management. Network with natural resource managers, researchers, and leaders in the invasive species field. 

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Download the Program

We look forward to showcasing the latest in invasive species management with four plenaries and eight concurrent sessions, as well as four field trips and special networking events. Click here to open the full program.

Agenda at a Glance

Download agenda-at-a-glance PDF. Times and topics are subject to change. Check back often for updated agenda details! Concurrent Session topics include invasive species work in these fields:
Forest Health

Keynote Speakers

The NAISMA board of directors, staff, and planning committee are thrilled to bring our high quality conference agenda to Florida, a state with unparalleled invasive species concerns.

Join us for these keynote presentations featuring leading state, national, and international experts. Check back soon for keynote descriptions and more!

Bill Uihlein

Regional Assistant Regional Director for Conservation Innovation and Science

Learning from the Past, Changing the Future

Dan Simberloff

University of Tennessee

Managing Invasions:

What's Worked, What Hasn't, and What Might

Kristen Sommers

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Welcome to Florida:

The Challenges with Nonnative Fish and Wildlife in the Sunshine State

Rob Nelson

Filmmaker and Director, UntamedScience

How to Tell the Invasive Species Story:

Lessons from Kudzu, Pythons, and More

Field Trips

Click here for details on these four fabulous field trips!

All field trips will include a boxed lunch.

Special Events

The NAISMA Annual Conference is more than concurrent sessions. Plan to attend these special events to make friends with NAISMA and FISC members and experience Ft. Myers!

So Nice to See You! A Meet & Greet for First-time and Rusty Conference-goers

A casual welcome reception. NAISMA and FISC veterans will share their organizations’ stories and traditions, guide you through the can’t-miss conference highlights, and kick off a wagon-wheel icebreaker. You’ll leave with a solid plan for this week AND a few new friends, guaranteed!

Poster Presentations and Reception

Learn about the latest invasive species research from the researchers themselves!

Out & About: Networking Dinners in Ft. Myers

Sign up at the registration table for dinner with fellow attendees in one of Ft. Myers’ or Sanibel Island’s many stellar restaurants, breweries, a yacht experience, and maybe even a board game lair! Dinner and transportation is on your own; transportation may be coordinated by dinner organizers.

Not a Banquet and Awards Dinner

What’s in a name? Not “banquet,” that’s for sure! Somewhere in NAISMA’s history we eschewed a fancy title in favor of a friendly gathering, complete with a cocktail hour, wholesome food and good conversation. Help us congratulate our NAISMA annual awards winners in (casual) style!