COVID-19 related info with respect to the 4th TEAM meeting 2020
Given the circumstances related to Covid-19 pandemic, the French Organising Committee and the TEAM Steering Committee have been thinking on enabling different ways of participation to the meeting. The TEAM meeting will therefore consist of a combination of physical meeting for those who want, and a webinar for those who cannot come.
Given this new format, the meeting is spread from Monday October 5th until Friday 9th and the planning has been adapted to allow a smooth participation by webinar. For those who will be able to attend in person, we will make sure that your stay in La Grande Motte will be pleasant and attractive, this is why we will organize a small technical visit as well as convivial moments, while respecting social distancing measures. We will keep the same registration fees for those who can attend in person and the participation to the webinar will be free of charge.
With all this in mind, we strongly encourage you to submit your abstract for oral and poster presentations and to register for the event, whether your participation is in person or via webinar. To allow some flexibility, we remind you that no cancellation fees will be charged until September 4th. For any queries regarding your participation, do not hesitate to contact us.
Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and this TEAM meeting will not be as previous ones. However, we are confident that we can still make this into a great event, using this novel approach and that we can attain a high attendance with people from different corners of the world participating either in La Grande Motte or from behind their PC or tablet.
We are looking forward to welcome you in La Grande Motte in October.
With best regards, on behalf of the Local Organising Committee
On behalf of our French Organising Committee and the TEAM Steering Committee, we cordially invite you to join us for the 4th International TEAM (Working Group on Tephritidae in Europe, Africa and the Middle East), meeting to be held from 5 to 9 October 2020, in La Grande-Motte, France.
The founding idea for TEAM was based on the strong interconnections (ecological, cultural and economic) that exist between the three regions, and the need to exchange information and knowledge on fruit flies that are common to these regions. Organizing a meeting every four years to bring together delegates has now become a tradition, with previous meetings that took place in Spain (2008), Greece (2012) and South Africa (2016).
As during these previous occasions, this TEAM symposium will provide opportunities for interaction between academia, researchers, extension and industry specialists, who will present their latest scientific results and deliberate on a number of pertinent issues on fruit fly biology, ecology and control. As last time no particular theme is selected for this symposium, but all relevant topics and major items will be addressed in specific sessions, in order to have a broad forum for all to present their recent findings. In addition to the topics relating to the “true” fruit flies, Tephritidae, attention and room for presentation of research results will also be given to the drosophilid fruit fly Drosophila suzukii. This because of the overlap and common interest with regard to damage in the fruit industry, pest control, invasion biology and the general importance of this invasive pest to the region. Not only will this event broaden the knowledge base of all concerned, but it will also enhance the synergies between the different institutions of the three regions and business sectors.
The venue takes place in the southern part of France, one of the main fruit production areas in the country. The site of the meeting, La Grande-Motte, is beautifully situated at the Mediterranean Coast and is characterized by a very particular architecture. We do hope that it will be a successful and memorable meeting for all of you who will join us here in “La douce France”.
Organising Committee, TEAM 2020
Marc De Meyer
Scientific Committee, TEAM 2020
ANSES-LSV “Entomology and invasive plants unit”:
• Valérie Balmès, Chairperson
• Raphaëlle Mouttet
CIRAD Réunion - UMR “Peuplements Végétaux et Bio-agresseurs en Milieu Tropical”:
• Hélène Delatte
CIRAD UMR CBGP département BIOS:
• Bruno Michel
INRA-CBGP - Fruit-Fly Evolution and Community Ecology (FFECE):
• Simon Fellous
French Ministry of Agriculture, National expert for tropical crops - invasive alien species:
• Pierre Ehret
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium:
• Marc De Meyer
• Marc De Meyer, Belgium
• Zinette Moussa, Lebanon
• Helene Delatte, France
• Yoav Gazit, Isreal
• Aruna Manrakhan, South Africa
• Maulid Mwatawala, Tanzania
• Antonis Augustinos, Greece
• Vicente Navarro Llopis, Spain
• Francesca Scolari, Italy
• Antonio Sinzogan, Benin
Planning at a glance