New Invasive Species Summit Announced

January 8, 2018 – To address the grand challenge of invasive arthropod species, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), and the Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC) will host a one-day summit on 10 November, 2018. The summit, which will be invitation only, will be held immediately prior to the Joint Annual Meeting of the three societies in Vancouver, BC.

Invasive arthropod species are one of the three Challenge Areas addressed by the Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE) initiative.

The summit will include a mix of plenary sessions, breakout conversations, scientific posters, and other methods of scientific presentation, in addition to networking opportunities. Input from attendees will be sought to shape the agenda and outcomes. We seek to explore key aspects of the IIS crisis, learn what existing initiatives and funding organizations are already active in this area, and identify the best opportunities for the entomological community to make a meaningful and lasting contribution.

co-chairsESA, ESC, and ESBC have all named a Co-Chair for the summit. For ESBC, Ms. Tracy Hueppelsheuser, British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council will serve as co-chair.  For ESC, Dr. Sandy M. Smith, University of Toronto will serve. Dr. Frank G. Zalom, University of California – Davis will represent the interests of ESA.

All entomological societies, related federal agencies, and corporate interests are encouraged to send a representative to the summit.