Meetings and Events

Partnering to Address Invasive Species and Forest Health
Webinar Series
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 2021

ESA and The Nature Conservancy are organizing a short series of webinars focused on the current needs in forest health. These webinars will span from the prevention of introduction of new pests, through detection and management, all the way to reforestation and biological control organisms. While the webinars will be open to the public, much of the content will be technical in nature- therefore forest pest and pathogen subject matter experts are especially encouraged to attend to provide insights and perspectives

The webinars will be held virtually on December 6, 7, 14, and 15- with moderated presentations and Q&A from 2-4 pm EST, with an open opportunity for informal discussion from 4pm-5pm EST following each. The goal of these conversations is to inform ongoing strategic planning for activities on behalf of ESA’s Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology and The Nature Conservancy’s Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases.  More information and details on the themes and speakers of each of the four days in the series will be forthcoming. 

Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge
Vancouver, BC Canada
November 9-10, 2018
This summit was co-located with Entomology 2018 – a tri-Society meeting of ESA, the Entomological Society of Canada, and the Entomological Society of British Columbia. 

Grand Challenges in Entomology in South America
Gramado, RS, Brazil
September 2, 2018
This summit focused on the three challenges of  invasive species, public health, and sustainable agriculture (click here for the draft agenda). It was organized and hosted by the Entomological Society of Brazil (SEB) and featured collaboration with the Entomological Societies of Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, and America.

International Entomology Leadership Summit: Improving the Human Condition through Insect Science
Orlando, Florida, USA
September 27-28, 2016
This Summit,  co-located with 2016 International Congress of Entomology, defined and prioritized Grand Challenges to which entomology can make a unique and powerful contribution. Click here for more information.

Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem
Washington D.C., USA
May 16-17, 2016
This summit, co-hosted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the IPM Institute, and the North Central IPM Center, brought more than 150 attendees together to discuss the current state of the tick problem and tick borne diseases as well as identifying areas for future research and attention. Click here for more information.

Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas
Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
March 13, 2016
The first Grand Challenges Summit regarding the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the pathogens it transmits held during the Joint Meeting of the Brazilian Congress of Entomology and the Latin American Congress of Entomology. Click here for more information.

Grand Challenges Leaders Meeting
Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 16, 2015
Leaders of the Grand Challenges initiative met during the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America to discuss future plans.