A Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology

Monsanto and Syngenta Sponsor the 2018 Vancouver Summit

On June 1, 2018, both Syngenta and Monsanto agreed to become sponsors of the 2018 Grand Challenges Summit: Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge. The summit, which will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada immediately prior to the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia. These two sponsors will join Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ as the three sponsors for this summit.

A major outcome goal for the summit is to help define the agenda for invasive arthropod species management in the coming decades. At this time all sponsorship opportunities have been reserved for the summit. Any corporations interested in supporting future events may contact Chris Stelzig at cstelzig@entsoc.org.

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Sponsors Invasive Species Summit

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce that Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, has sponsored the 2018 Grand Challenges Summit: Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge.

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Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, is an agricultural company with a leading position in seed technologies, crop protection, and digital agriculture. The company has a strong belief in developing market-shaping technologies and partnerships and views this sponsorship as part of its drive toward developing food security on a global basis.

“We believe that collaboration within the entire food system is a critical component of success in ensuring a secure supply of healthy food,” says Melissa Willrich Siebert, Insect and Nematode Management Biology Leader for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. “Invasive species affect all aspects of human life on earth, whether through vector-borne diseases or their impacts on the food supply. This summit will prove to be an important event as the world’s entomological community convenes to discuss the challenges and agree on a game plan for moving forward. Our company is passionate about supporting missions such as this summit.”

The summit will take place November 9-10 in Vancouver, BC, immediately prior to the Joint Annual Meeting of ESA, the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of British Columbia. A primary goal of the summit is to develop a strategic plan for addressing the threats posted by invasive arthropods. Three $10,000 sponsorships are available for the summit. Each sponsor will be entitled to benefits that include hosted space at the summit and the opportunity to address the summit delegates. Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, is the first organization to commit as a sponsor for the Invasive Insects Grand Challenges Summit.

Companies interested in sponsoring the summit should contact Chris Stelzig at cstelzig@entsoc.org.

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.