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10th International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP)

10th International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP)
September 13 - 15, 2020
Barcelona, Spain


The conference is, once again, to be held in Europe and will take place from September 13 -15, 2020 at the prestigious Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona, Spain.

As at previous ICUP conferences, the programme will address the science and management of a wide variety of urban pests and vectors, including those of hygiene, structural and medical importance. Pests of rising significance, which have caused researchers to revaluate management practices and the future direction of urban pest control will be addressed. The impact of regulatory and stewardship challenges will also be included.

In addition to the main conference sessions, there will be break-out sessions and workshops, as well as the ever popular conference dinner. Equally important are the informal networking times when views are freely exchanged between delegates and friendships formed.

Details regarding delegate registration and how to offer a paper for consideration by the organising committee will be announced in the near future when the ICUP 2020 website goes live.

Presentations from the previous conferences can be found on the central ICUP website at

This will be the tenth in the series of ICUP conferences. The previous conferences have been held in Cambridge, England (1993), Edinburgh, Scotland (1996) Prague, Czech Republic (1999), Charleston, USA (2002), Singapore (2005) Budapest, Hungary (2008), Ouro Preto, Brazil (2011), Zurich, Switzerland (2014) and Aston, Birmingham, UK in 2017.



Offers of presentations for ICUP 2020 sought

The organisers of the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) to be held in Barcelona, Spain are inviting all those working, or researching, within the field of urban pest management to offer an abstract detailing their work to the organising committee. If accepted their paper will be presented at the event and published within the proceedings.

The deadline for offers of abstracts is 16 September 2019.

ICUP 2020 will take place from September 13 - 15 at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Campus de la Ciudadela in Barcelona, Spain.

The 10th in this highly popular series of non-profit events aims to offer a diverse programme that combines classical urban pest topics with new ideas and projects. The objective is to provide a stimulating scientific and technical forum on urban pest management. The programme will be aimed at the scientists and pest control professionals that come to Barcelona to share their work and meet their friends and colleagues.

Sessions will cover:

  • Bed bugs;
  • Invasive species;
  • Rodents;
  • Mosquitoes;
  • Medical entomology including ticks and fleas;
  • Xylopagous insects, particularly termites and wood boring beetles;
  • Flying insects including wasps;
  • Crawling insects;
  • Birds;
  • Chemical and non-chemical control;
  • Complementary technology including GIS, monitoring tools and citizen science.

Clear instructions on how to submit an abstract are on the ICUP website at Submissions can only be made via the website and need to be received by 16 September 2019. Accepted authors will be contacted in November with the final manuscript due by 30 January 2020.