Save the Date for Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge:
The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), and the Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC) will host an invasive arthropod species summit in Vancouver, BC, on 9-10 November, 2018, immediately prior to the tri-society Joint Annual Meeting of ESA, ESC, and ESBC, which will run from 11-14 November in Vancouver. Each of the three Societies has named a summit co-chair to help organize the event. They are:
- ESBC – Ms. Tracy Hueppelsheuser, British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council
- ESC – Dr. Sandy M. Smith, University of Toronto
- ESA – Dr. Frank G. Zalom, University of California – Davis
- Additionally, Dr. Helen Spafford, a well-known expert on invasive arthropod species, is serving on the organizing committee. She is also a member of ESA.
There is no fee for attendees to participate in the summit, which is being financed by ESA and the summit sponsors. The summit is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont; Monsanto; and Syngenta:
As detailed in the Statement of the Problem report prepared for this summit (summary available here) the purpose of the summit is to explore key aspects of the invasive arthropod species 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. All entomological societies, related federal agencies, and corporate interests are encouraged to send a representative to the summit.
The location of the summit in Vancouver, BC, underscores the importance of the port city in the invasives challenge. Vancouver is one of the busiest ports in the Americas and is among the top 30 busiest ports in the world. It is also connected to the world as a major hub for international flights to and from North America.
The summit will include a mix of round tables, plenary sessions, breakout conversations, scientific posters, and other methods of scientific presentation, in addition to plenty of networking opportunities. The draft agenda is subject to change.