A Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology

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.

International Entomology Leadership Summit 2016

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On 27-28 September, 2016, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) convened a leadership meeting of global entomological societies, corporate leaders, thought leaders, and others who are all engaged in bridging some of the knowledge and communication gaps that exist within the discipline of entomology. The meeting was held concurrent to the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in Orlando, FL, USA. The purpose of the invitation-only gathering was to engage and empower leaders of the discipline to seek ways in which we can all work independently or in concert with one another to take on some of the Grand Challenges we face in the coming decades to which entomology can make a unique and powerful contribution.

Hosted by ESA, the summit engaged scientists, business experts, and leaders, along with entomological society leaders, private sector partners, international NGOs, government agencies and policymakers, funders, and the media. The participants worked collaboratively to develop business, funding, and implementation models as a blueprint to sustain multiple Grand Challenge projects in public health, sustainable agriculture, invasive insect species, global trade, and climate change. This summit served as the official international kick-off to the Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology.

ESA and the session leaders prepared a report following the Summit. Click here to read the full Outcome Statement and click here to read the one-page summary report.

Click here to view the Summit agenda

Click here for more information about the 2016 International Congress of Entomology

Summit Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Silvia Dorn, ESA and Royal Entomological Society Fellow and Professor of Applied Entomology, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Le Kang, TWAS Fellow and Director of the Institute of Zoology and President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Antônio R. Panizzi, Embrapa FS and Professor, Federal University at Curitaba
  • Dr. John Pickett, Immediate Past President of the Royal Entomological Society and Michael Elliott Fellow at Rothamsted Research
  • Dr. Frank G. Zalom, ESA Past President and Distinguished Professor of Entomology, University of California-Davis

Entomology Leadership Summit Agenda, 2016

On September 27-28, 2016, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) convened a high-level summit of global entomological leaders in Orlando, Florida, USA at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Ballrooms D and E . This was the inaugural meeting of the Grand Challenges in Entomology Initiative. At this invitation-only Summit we explored three broad issues of major global importance to which entomology can make a unique and powerful contribution.

  • Sustainable agriculture – global hunger, food security, and natural resources preservation
  • Public health related to vector-borne diseases
  • Invasive insect species – global trade, biodiversity, and climate change

The agenda from the meeting is below. A poster session accompanied the Summit.

SUMMIT AGENDA DAY ONE:  Tuesday, Sept 27:

6:00pm  Reception and Posters

7:15pm  Welcome and Overview
— Dr. May Berenbaum, ESA President
— Dr. Frank Zalom, ESA Past-President and Summit Co-Chair

7:25pm  Keynote address — Collaboration to Solve Global Challenges
 — Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Director

7:55pm  Moderated Panel Discussion Introducing Topical Themes
— Dr. Sally Rockey, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Executive Director
— Dr. Maureen Coetzee, University of Witwatersrand Malaria Entomology Research Unit, Director
— Dr. Stephanie Bloem, North American Plant Protection Organization, Executive Director
— Mr. Rick Stone, moderator

8:40pm  Perspective Talks — Micro talks on topics of interest related to the Summit agenda
— “Science Influencing National/International Public Policy” – Dr. Erin Cadwalder, Lewis Burke Associates
— “Modern Funding for Research” – Dr. Sybil Bucheli, Sam Houston State University and Experiment.com
— “Connecting Science to Communities through Entomophagy” – Mr. Robert Nathan Allen, Little Herds
— “Collaborations: Scientists as Community Partners” – Dr. Raj Pandya, American Geophysical Union and the Thriving Earth Exchange
— “Scientific Solutions to Global Challenges – Dr. Doug Norris, Project Premonition

9:15pm  Conclusion and Day Two Preview
— Mr. Rick Stone, Summit facilitator

SUMMIT AGENDA DAY TWO:  Wednesday, Sept 28 :

10:00am  Overview of the Challenges and Introduction of Co-Chairs
— Dr. Frank G. Zalom, ESA Past President and Distinguished Professor of Entomology, University of California-Davis
— Dr. Silvia Dorn, ESA and Royal Entomological Society Fellow and Professor of Applied Entomology, ETH Zurich
— Dr. Le Kang, TWAS Fellow and Director of the Institute of Zoology and President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
— Dr. Antônio R. Panizzi, Senior Scientist, Embrapa and Professor, Federal University at Curitiba
— Dr. John Pickett, Immediate Past President of the Royal Entomological Society and Michael Elliott Fellow at Rothamsted Research

10:10am  Outcomes from Brazil – A Facilitated Panel Recapping the March Aedes aegypti Summit
— “Communicating Science to Communities” – Dr. Grayson Brown, University of Kentucky
— “Critical Research Needs to Control Aedes aegypti” – Dr. Luciano Moreira, Oswaldo Fiocruz
— “Speaking with a Unified Voice” – Mr. C. David Gammel, ESA

10:30am  Keynote Address — “Entomological Solutions to World Problems”
— Dr. Fred Gould, North Carolina State University

10:50am Facilitated Conversation — “Next Steps”
— Dr. Fred Gould, North Carolina State University
— Mr. Rick Stone, Facilitator

11:10am Workshops Overview

11:15 Break and View posters

11:30am  Facilitated Workshops on Areas of Focus
— “Public Health” – Maureen Coetzee, University of Witwatersrand Malaria Entomology Research Unit, Director
— “Sustainable Agriculture” – Francesco Pennacchio, University of Napoli, Professor and Eliane Quintela, Embrapa
— “Invasive Insect Species/Climate Change” – Sanford Eigenbrode, University of Idaho, Distinguished Professor

12:30pm  Lunch, featuring “thought tables” with discussion-focused seating. View posters.

1:30pm  Reports from Morning Workshops
— Dr. Coetzee, Dr. Pennacchio, and Dr. Eigenbrode
— Mr Rick Stone, moderator

2:00pm  Facilitated Workshops on Entomological Challenges
— “Influencing National and International Public Policy” – Dr. Erin Cadwalader and Ms. Meghan McCabe, Lewis Burke Associates
— “Funding Research and Implementation” – Dr. Dan Strickman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
— “Connecting Science to Communities” – Mr. Sean Southey, PCI Media Impact and Mr. Rick Stone, Storywork Institute
— “Collaboration and Partnership with Industry” – Dr. Caydee Savinelli, Syngenta and Dr. Brad Hopkins, Dow AgroSciences
— “Scientific Solutions to Global Challenges” – Dr. Nan-Yao Su, University of Florida

4:00pm Break – View posters

4:20pm  Reports from Afternoon Workshops
— Dr. Cadwalader, Dr. Strickman, Mr. Southey, Dr. Savinelli, and Dr. Su
— Mr. Stone, moderator

4:50pm  Call to Action
— Mr. C. David Gammel, Entomological Society of America

5:00pm  Closing Keynote Address — “Telling the Story”
— Mr. Sean Southey, PCI Media Impact

5:30pm Future Story “Entomology in the year 2025”
— Mr. Rick Stone, summit facilitator

5:30pm  Closing and Attendee Photo
— Dr. May Berenbaum, ESA President