The Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) supports the entomological community in Canada and abroad in numerous ways, some of which are unique. These include:
Dissemination of entomological knowledge. ESC currently publishes The Canadian Entomologist, the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification and The Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada. ESC provides access to otherwise unavailable scientific literature, including 171 Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada and 30 monographs from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. ESC’s annual meetings are usually held jointly with regional entomological societies, and draw up to 500 entomologists to present their research findings and to network with others.
Development of younger entomologists. Students and early professionals receive discounts for ESC membership and meeting registration. Students have access to grants for attending national meetings, $12,000 annually in scholarships for graduate studies, and prizes for outstanding presentations at ESC annual meetings. ESC’s students and early professionals’ committee facilitates networking, organizes a student research symposium and career development activities at the annual meeting, and provides experience in society governance. ESC provides Public Education grants to regional societies to support local outreach events, many of which target school-age insect enthusiasts — the entomological scientists of the future.
Advocacy for entomology in Canada. ESC’s Science Policy Committee monitors government, industry and non-governmental organization science policies and enables the Society to take stands on important issues that affect ESC members or the science of entomology. Actions include representations to government ministers, participation in government consultative processes, and informing ESC members of implications of national and international regulatory changes.
Recognition of entomological achievements. ESC recognizes outstanding achievement through annual awards that include the Gold Medal for career-long accomplishment, the C. Gordon Hewitt Award for early-career achievement, and the Norman Criddle Award for achievement by a non-professional entomologist. The Society grants Honorary Memberships and Fellowships of the Society to individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of entomology.