Prior Events


ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools, for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions.

December 3-6, 2018

December 5-9, 2016

December 8-12, 2014

December 10-14, 2012

America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI) is a collaboration that seeks solutions for meeting the multiple demands placed on the vast and complex Mississippi watershed system by integrating issues, partners and ideas at the full watershed scale. AWI seeks to build and implement a vision based on collaboration and mutually beneficial outcomes in contrast to single purpose advocacy.

September 30 - October 2, 2014

The Florida ecosystem faces many of the global challenges affecting aquatic ecosystems worldwide, such as population growth, rising temperatures, ocean acidification, chemical contamination of surface waters and more. Furthermore, significant disease epizootics in freshwater habitats, including ranavirus infections in amphibians, have been increasingly documented. This joint Ranavirus – Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference provided a forum for Marine Mammal and Ranavirus experts to address the complexity of global aquatic ecosystem health in a broad perspective.

May 30 - June 4, 2015 (Joint Conference)

The UF/IFAS Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Mini-Course is a half-day course designed to serve in-the-field practitioners and businesses that perform restoration projects or are interested in entering the market. The Mini-Course is ideal for local, state, and federal employees, scientists, aquatic plant nurseries and growers, consultants, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in aquatic and wetland habitat restoration and enhancement.

May 8, 2014

For many years, the University of Florida has offered training and continuing education for Florida's Applicators through the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course. The Short Course features leading experts in Aquatic and Upland vegetation management, and is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update.

October 27-30, 2020

May 6-9, 2019

May 7-10, 2018

May 8-11, 2017

May 2-5, 2016

May 4-7, 2015

May 5-8, 2014

May 6-9, 2013

May 7-10, 2012


The Beef Cattle Short Course is considered one of the premier beef cattle educational events in the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions with significance nationally and globally. The course addresses issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level of management skill with practical applications for every beef cattle producer, in Florida and beyond. The course focuses on unique challenges facing our beef industry, beef production issues, urban growth, global competition, changing consumer demands, and economic and environmental sustainability.

May 13-15, 2015

May 7-9, 2014

May 8-10, 2013

May 2-4, 2012

May 4-6, 2011

The objective of this international symposium is to provide a framework for scientists to share technical information on various topics related to biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and other contaminants, as related soil, water, and air quality in freshwater and estuarine wetlands.

March 22-25, 2021

April 23-26, 2018


Because of the complex interplay between agricultural and natural resource vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities, solutions will depend on integrated research, teaching, and extension programs, with decision-makers and other stakeholders included as partners in these programs. We will need new educational curricula, new research programs, and new communications tools to provide information that decision makers can use to manage risks and benefit from new opportunities.

May 24-27, 2011

Across the continent, centuries of unsustainable activities have damaged the aquatic, marine, and terrestrial environments that underpin our economies and societies and give rise to a diversity of wildlife and plants. This conference supports SER and NCER efforts to reverse environmental degradation by renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats for the benefit of humans and nature.

July 28 - August 1, 2014


Diseases of Warmwater Fish is a graduate level course in fish disease diagnostics and fish health management that has been taught at the University of Florida since 1988. The class is designed to provide instruction in the methodology of diagnosis, treatment and management of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional, and environmental diseases of warm water food fish and aquarium species.

July 27-31, 2015

July 30-August 10, 2012


The purpose of EMECS9 is to improve our ability to manage coastal seas in all their ecological, economic, and cultural dimensions. The conference will work to cross barriers of discipline and culture by bringing together experts and stakeholders from different backgrounds to share information, insights, and lessons learned.

August 28-31, 2011


The purpose of this conference is to address issues bearing on the health and well being of the four principal species of wild marine mammals found in Florida waters: manatees, bottlenose dolphins, pygmy sperm whales and Northern right whales, as well as captive marine mammals at theme parks, aquariums, and zoos. This conference will provide a forum for people working on issues affecting these and other marine mammal species, and provide an opportunity to review their current health status, discuss future directions of investigation, and determine actions likely to produce benefits to their health and survival.

March 28-30, 2018

May 30 - June 4, 2015

April 24-27, 2012

The Florida Master Gardener Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities.

October 20-23, 2019

October 15-18, 2017

October 18-21, 2015

October 20-23, 2013

October 1-3, 2012

October 24-26, 2011

The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors. This mission is accomplished in part by FMNP Instructors, who teach students in the program about Florida's environment using science-based information and interpretive techniques that prepare students to share their knowledge with others.

March 28-30, 2014

The purpose of the annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is to provide farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. The conference aims to facilitate solutions-based collaboration by encouraging networking and an open dialog among members of Florida’s small farms community.

August 1-2, 2014

August 2-4, 2013

July 27-29, 2012

July 15-17, 2011


GEER provides a valuable forum for scientists and engineers to showcase and communicate the latest scientific developments about everglades ecosystem restoration. Its goal is to facilitate information exchange that builds shared understanding among federal, state, local, and tribal scientists and decision-makers, academia, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and private citizens.

April 19-22, 2021 & April 26-29, 2021

April 22-25, 2019

April 17-20, 2017

April 21-23, 2015

July 12-16, 2010

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for participants who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.

June 28-29, 2017

April 29-30, 2015

April 29-30, 2014

April 29-30, 2013


For many years, specialists at the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences have offered industry-specific food safety training courses to participants from Florida, the U.S. and internationally. As regulations against food borne illness get tougher, the food industry must incorporate control measures into their processes and train their workers in hygiene and food safety practices.

May 14-15, 2013

For many years, specialists at the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences have offered industry-specific food safety training courses to participants from Florida, the U.S. and internationally. As regulations against food borne illness get tougher, the food industry must incorporate control measures into their processes and train their workers in hygiene and food safety practices.





During this conference participants can expect to have a socially and technically stimulating experience that brings attendees up-to-date on the latest issues related to Groundwater Quality, including new approaches for measuring, modeling, and managing water quality. This conference is an opportunity to form new collaborative relationships and to renew existing ones, and to develop new ideas and directions for future work.

April 21-26, 2013

This conference focuses on key issues facing our industry, and spans the topics of global juice and beverage technology to the marketing of new and innovative products. Please join us for discussions on the impact of new regulations, particularly FSMA, on our industry, advances in quality and consumer testing, technology in the processing plants, and interesting new research and consumer insights regarding the beverage category.

September 10-13, 2019

September 18-21, 2018

September 12-15, 2017

September 20-23, 2016

September 15-18, 2015

September 16-19, 2014

September 17-20, 2013

September 18-21, 2012

September 13-16, 2011

In recent years, interest in the biology, behavior, systematics and conservation of fireflies as well as a focus on ecotourism has increased dramatically around the world. As the most commonly encountered and widely recognized bioluminescent organism worldwide, fireflies serve as the model system for the study of bioluminescence. The ecological, behavioral and morphological variation found in fireflies varies widely and is documented and evaluated by a diverse, international community.

August 11-15, 2014

The International Forage & Turfgrass Breeding Conference (IFTBC) is a joint meeting of the Molecular Breeding of Forages and Turf Conference (MBFT) and the International Symposium of Forage Breeding (ISFB). Participants experience the transition in species composition from cool to warm season in North and Central Florida. Participants will also enjoy Florida’s delightful weather at this time of year. The IFTBC believes forage and turfgrass improvement research is on the precipice of revolutionary developments and this conference offers a unique opportunity for worldwide showcase and collaboration.

March 24-27, 2019

In recent years, interest and demand for peppers has increased dramatically worldwide and peppers are no longer considered a minor crop in the global market. The International Pepper Conference has attracted prominent scientists, researchers, breeders, horticulturists, pathologists, entomologists, geneticists, physiologists, virologists, extension agents, seed and chemical company representatives, major processors, growers, and chile aficionados from around the world and is now recognized as the premier venue for the dissemination and exchange of information on Capsicum.

November 4-6, 2018

November 4-6, 2012

The main goals of the ISBM Congress are to emphasize the importance of traditional morphometric techniques in the field of bone research and to make attendees aware of new technologies that result in refinements and advances in bone morphometric analyses.

September 23-26, 2019

October 16-19, 2012

This symposium welcomes scientists, growers, harvesters, handlers, processors and others interested in the practices and concerns of mechanical harvesting of fruits and nut crops. The speakers are active in academia and industry representing an array of the various fruit and nut crops. The mechanically harvested crops discussed will include olives, cherries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, citrus, coffee, nuts and others.

April 2 - April 4, 2012

Widespread die-offs have sparked a diversity of research programs addressing the ecology and evolution of ranavirus-host interactions, potential reservoirs and transmission dynamics, molecular techniques for identifying and characterizing ranaviruses, immunological and histopathological responses to infection, hypothesized causes for emergence, and potential conservation strategies to control emergence.

May 30 - June 1, 2015

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA | 2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA | 2011

This event is open to all involved in the Vaccinium research, teaching, and extension community, as well as producers and marketers involved in the industry. The goal is to promote international cooperation and dissemination of the latest information regarding Vaccinium species.

April 10-14, 2016

The INTECOL International Wetlands Conference provides an opportunity to review and collaborate on advances in wetland science in ecological, physical, biogeochemical and social sciences pertinent to wetland management and policy. The conference is a forum to discuss threats, challenges and integrated solutions for sustainable restoration and management of wetlands in our changing world.

June 3-8, 2012


Laurel wilt is one of the most damaging invasive exotic tree diseases to affect forests in North America. Current estimates show that hundreds of millions of trees have died, with multiple significant radiating effects on ecosystem structure and function, endangered species and cultural impacts. The disease continues to expand into new areas affecting diverse resources (sassafras in Louisiana and the swamp bay tree islands of the Everglades, for example). A concerted effort between the research community, agencies, and land and natural resource managers is needed to address this rapidly expanding threat.

June 16-18, 2015

The Conference and Workshop on the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem is organized around several themes including monitoring the Florida Keys marine ecosystem, ecological restoration, connectivity, and climate change. There ia also a special session on the topic of trophic cascades – the ecological consequences of removing predators from ecosystems. This session includes comparisons of some well-studied marine ecosystems including the Florida Keys and a panel discussion. In addition to oral presentations, the conference and workshop highlights poster presentations and opportunities for more in-depth discussions among participants.

June 16-18, 2015


MMM is a series of international conferences focused on understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of mangrove ecosystems worldwide. These meetings were initiated in 2000 to raise awareness about the plight of mangroves, which remains one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The MMM conferences are convened by mangrove scientists at 4-6 year intervals in locations around the world where mangroves form a major component of the coastal landscape.

July 18-22, 2016 (MMM4)

The purpose of this conference is to address issues bearing on the health and well being of the four principal species of wild marine mammals found in Florida waters: manatees, bottlenose dolphins, pygmy sperm whales and Northern right whales, as well as captive marine mammals at theme parks, aquariums, and zoos. This conference will provide a forum for people working on issues affecting these and other marine mammal species, and provide an opportunity to review their current health status, discuss future directions of investigation, and determine actions likely to produce benefits to their health and survival.

March 28-30, 2018

May 30 - June 4, 2015

April 24-27, 2012

The main objectives of this workshop were as follows: 1) to address methods and procedures that can be used to create gene-based models; and 2) to promote collaboration between crop modelers and plant geneticists and breeders. Individuals involved in these fields have the common objective of predicting phenotypes of crops, but using different approaches. We drew from our experiences in a project aiming to construct a gene-based model.

July 19-25, 2015


The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference features engaging, interactive workshops that show educators how to incorporate real-life agricultural applications into their language arts, math, nutrition, science and social studies lessons. Tours of a tropical fruit packing house, tropical plant nurseries, and other stops will show everyone unique agricultural operations in South Florida. Professional development points are available for attendees.

June 22-25, 2011

NCER is an interdisciplinary conference on large scale ecosystem restoration presenting state-of-the art science and engineering, planning and policy in a partnership environment.

August 26 - 30, 2018

April 18 - 22, 2016

July 29 - August 2, 2013

August 1-5, 2011

NETC (National Extension Technology Conference) is an annual event, not a formal organization. It is usually held in May or June at a Land-Grant Institution whose employees volunteer to host it. In some ways, NETC is a virtual organization of people interested in the use and application of information technology in the Cooperative Extension System.

June 6-9, 2016

The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is a nationally distributed system of plant diagnostic laboratories at land grant universities, plant industries, and state departments of agriculture (Fig. 1) (Cardwell and Hoffman, 2008; Stack, 2010; Stack and Baldwin, 2008). Over 100 NPDN laboratories within five regional networks execute diagnostics locally and upload diagnostic data records into the NPDN National Data Repository at Purdue University. NPDN facilitates early detection of plant pests and disease through operational laboratory services that reach almost every county in the U.S. Additionally, NPDN provides laboratory triage and surge support to regulatory and extension programs during plant disease outbreaks and arthropod pest infestations. NPDN has an established partnership with plant industries, extension and among federal, state, and local plant protection agencies (Stack et al., 2014).

March 8-12, 2016

The National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium is the crown jewel of the National Working Waterfront Network. People from across the United States attend the symposium to connect with one another and showcase (and initiate) innovative solutions to their waterfront issues. The ultimate goal of the symposium, and the Network, is to increase the capacity of saltwater- and freshwater-based coastal communities and for stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of their working waterfronts.

November 16-19, 2015

NAAFE is an international group of industry, government and academic practitioners of fisheries economics. The purposes of NAAFE are to facilitate communication among North American fisheries and aquaculture economists in industry, academia, government and other areas, to promote dialogue between economists and others interested in fisheries and aquaculture, and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications.

May 21-24, 2013


This unique course offers a complete review of all technical aspects of structural fumigation, instruction by a team of over 15 qualified and experienced professionals, manufacturer reps and University of Florida faculty, a combination of classroom and field demonstrations, and much more.

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

SeaVet Clinical Training is an intensive nine day course designed to teach veterinary medical students and veterinarians through didactic lecture, case-based problem-solving and practical experience. The program also features an educational and interactive hands-on training.

June 188-29, 2018

June 19-30, 2017

June 20-July 1, 2016

The Southeast Herbicide Applicator Conference brings together more than 175 applicators, educators, and industry representatives to learn new techniques and refresh core competencies in aquatic and upland weed control. This course focuses on invasive and exotic species affecting the Southeast and provides many networking opportunities so that participants may share field experiences and lessons learned.

October 3-5, 2011

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC) has met biannually for decades to exchange information and to discuss research and future needs for forest tree breeding. The UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Cooperative Forest Genetics Research Program, in cooperation with the Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee, are proud hosts of the SFTIC Conference.

June 19-22, 2017

Sustaining Economies and Natural Resources in a Changing World: Key Role of Land Grant Universities symposium held April 2-3 drew 250 attendees and featured speakers from academic institutions around the world, businesses, and agencies. The event helped to honor the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act which helped to make higher education accessible to all in America.

April 2-3, 2013


This International Symposium on Trace Elements in Man and Animals is inclusive for the trace element community as presentations will include reports of research on humans, animals, cells and molecules both basic and applied. The symposium will cover diverse topics related to man and animals by including, for example, model systems and status assessment methods.

June 22-26, 2014


The University of Florida Water Institute and Duke Energy partner to host the 7th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium. The Symposium will bring together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore complex water challenges from multiple perspectives.

February 25-26, 2020


This conference provides an interdisciplinary setting for wildlife health, conservation and management experts and practitioners from around the world to exchange ideas, share best practices and give formal presentations on the latest in wildlife health management and conservation. WDA includes many different professional specialties and you do not need to be a WDA member to participate.

August 5 - 10, 2018