The following thematic sessions have been approved:

Scientific Session 1:

Challenges and opportunities for IPM/IRM in a scenario of biological invasions of polyphagous lepidopteran pests
Session Organizers: Silvana Vieira de Paula Moraes, University of Florida, Milton, USA & Johnnie van den Berg, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Scientific Session 2:

Genomics in current and future maize pest research
Session Organizers: Brad Coates, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA, USA & Marce Lorenzen, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Scientific Session 3:

Challenges, successes & new approaches in soil pest management
Session Organizers: Darija Lemic, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Mario Schumann, KWS Saat SE & Co., Einbeck, Germany & Stefan Toepfer, CABI, Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary

Scientific Session 4:

Maize lepidopteran pests and mycotoxins
Session Organizers: Art Schaafsma, University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada & Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

Scientific Session 5:

New developments in the biological control of fall armyworm
Session Organizers: Marc Kenis, CABI, Delémont, Switzerland & Samira Mohamed, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology – icipe, Nairoibi, Kenya

Scientific Session 6:

Host plant resistance to achieve more effective and sustainable control of fall armyworm
Session Organizers: Craig A Abel, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA, USA & Prasanna Boddupalli, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Scientific Session 7:

Integrated pest management approaches and solutions for fall armyworm
Session Organizers: Wang Zhenying, IPP-CAAS, Beijing, China, Amanuel Tamiru, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology – icipe, Nairoibi, Kenya & Feng Zhang, CABI, Beijing, China

Scientific Session 8:

Free themes
Session Organizers: Tom Sappington, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA, USA & Ulli Kuhlmann, CABI, Delémont, Switzerland