HOMED meets up in Italy for the first project anniversary
Around 50 project partners met up in Padova, Italy, between 27 and 29 November 2019 to mark the successful ending of the first year of HOMED. Active discussions and great team spirit were key for the productive planning of the upcoming actions in 2020.
Seven teams of scientists, forestry and communication experts discussed the future path of the project, combining different aspects such as research actions, stakeholder engagement and project dissemination. Special attention was given to each working group to define the upcoming plans and challenges and discuss the best approach with other experts.
"In 2020, we will continue to focus on the development of innovative prevention, detection and surveillance tools for emerging and invasive non-native pests and pathogens, as well as on high forest stakeholder engagement and strong project communication," project coordinator Herve Jactel comments.
The oldest botanical garden in the world Orto Botanico di Padova hosted the third day of the HOMED meeting. Inspiring working conditions catered for a fruitful ending of the first annual meeting in Italy.
The HOMED team is looking forward to an eventful year, the International Year of Plant Health, where major issues with plants and forestry will be addressed. Meet us at the XXVI International Congress of Entomology in July 2020, where we will speak about forest and urban landscape entomology, invasive species and alien insects in forests.