Seeking applicants for the new position of Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Members,

The ESC has established a new Director position for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  The EDI Director will be a voting member of the Board (https://esc-sec.ca/the-society/board-of-directors/) and will help guide the decision-making process of the Society with the aim to increase EDI within the Society and the science.

The Board normally meets twice during the Joint Annual Meeting and 2-3 times by phone or videoconference during the year.  Directorships are unpaid positions with appointments for a 3-yr term.

Information on the roles and expectations of Board members is provided in the ‘Standing Rules’ and the ‘By-laws’ of the Society.  These documents can be accessed in the ‘Members Area’ of the ESC website under ‘Societal Business’ (https://members.esc-sec.ca/page/ESCMemberHome).

If you wish to be considered for this new position, please send an email to ESC President Gail Anderson (ESCPresident@esc-sec.ca).  Please include with your email, a statement (no more than 1 page double-spaced) to explain why you think you would be a good fit in this role, with particular emphasis on your commitments and experiences to EDI.

Directorships are filled by a majority vote of members participating in the Annual Meeting of Members on 20 October 2020.  The information that you provide will be made available to the membership in French and English to help inform their decision.

Deadline for application is October 8th, 2020 

2020 Pest Management Research Report – call for submissions

Dear Researchers in Integrated Pest Management,

The Pest Management Centre compiles the Pest Management Research Report (PMRR) for the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), in conjunction with the Entomological Society of Canada. The PMRR facilitates the exchange of information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) among persons involved in research and advisory services on IPM of insect pests and plant diseases of importance to the agri-food industry in Canada.

The PMRR is published annually as a compilation of research reports by federal and provincial government, university and industry research and advisory personnel. These reports aid the development of recommendations for insect and disease management programs throughout Canada. They report on all aspects of pest management, including cultivar and management responses, and are available to support the registration of pest control products. The PMRR is published only in electronic format. The 1995-2019 editions of the PMRR are available on the CPS website for viewing and download at http://phytopath.ca/publication/pmrr/.

Please find attached the invitation to submit research reports for the 2020 edition of the PMRR. Also encourage any of your colleagues who conduct research into IPM to submit research reports. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,

Stefan Bussmann

Publications Officer, Pest Management Centre

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada

Stefan.Bussmann@agr.gc.ca / Tel: 613-759-7583 / TTY: 613-773-2600

Agent des publications, Centre de la lutte antiparasitaire

Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

Stefan.Bussmann@agr.gc.ca / Tél.: 613-759-7583 / ATS: 613-773-2600

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Entomological Collections Network 2020

Registration is still open for Entomological Collections Network 2020, airing live November 9-10th (08:00PST/16:00UTC). Registration is very affordable to reflect our low costs this year, and space is still open for virtual posters! (submission deadline of September 18th) Please visit our website for more information, or contact Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org).
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BugFest 2020

SEPTEMBER 14–19, 2020

This year BugFest, a North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences annual event, will go online. It will be a virtual infestation!  Join us as we interact with entomologists from North Carolina and around the world to learn about the fascinating world of bugs. We will have SIX days of buggy adventures as we celebrate our theme arthropod … THE FLY!

2020 THEME ARTHROPOD: FLIES!

BugFest 2020 Theme Days:

  • Mosquito Monday
  • Beneficial Tuesday
  • Art and Culture Wednesday
  • Entomophagy Thursday
  • Prime Crime Friday
  • BugFest Bugstravaganza Saturday

What’s in a name? BugFest celebrates all arthropods, a group that includes insects, spiders and scorpions, centipedes and millipedes, crayfish and crabs and many other creatures, as well as true bugs, like cicadas and planthoppers.

 For information and to register for programs visit https://naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest/programs/

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ESA’s Annual Meeting, Entomology 2020

Submissions are open for Entomology 2020, the Entomological Society of America’s Virtual Annual Meeting. Submit your 10-minute paper, poster, infographic, or student competition presentation or poster now through ESA’s new virtual platform. When you submit to Entomology 2020, you also receive access to four days of live-streamed content and two weeks of on-demand access at no additional cost to you—you are automatically registered when you submit. Submissions are due by August 31Learn more and submit.

About Entomology 2020: ESA’s Annual Meeting, Entomology 2020, will go fully virtual this November, embracing the spirit of Entomology for All—where all entomologists can participate, regardless of location, specialty, or ability to travel. Presenters and attendees at Entomology 2020 will receive access to four days of live-streamed content Nov. 16-19 and two weeks of on-demand content from Nov. 11-25.

ESC Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The ESC Board would like to draw your attention to the new ESC Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which is now posted on the website at esc-sec.ca/the-society/statement-of-diversity-and-inclusion/

Sixteenth Annual Photo Contest

The 16th Annual Photo Contest to select images for the 2021 covers of The Canadian Entomologist and the Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada is underway. The cover images are intended to represent the breadth of entomology covered by the Society’s publications. Contest details can be found in the Bulletin ( https://esc-sec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Bulletin-Volume52-number2-June2020.pdf).

Submission deadline is 31 August 2020.

Send entries to: photocontest@esc-sec.ca with the subject line “ESC Photo Contest Submission”.

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Call for symposia, ESC/ESO 2021 JAM

The Scientific Programming committee for the ESC/ESO 2021 JAM – Strength in Diversity – is soliciting invited symposia to be presented at the 2021 JAM to be held at Marriott on the Falls, Niagara Falls Ontario between Sunday October 3rd to Wednesday October 6, 2021.

JAM theme and vision

Strength in Diversity. The insects are among the most diverse group of organisms on the planet, and entomologists are applying an increasingly diverse toolkit to advance knowledge on a diversity of topics in the field. We are keenly aware of the declines in the diversity of insects that threaten vital ecosystem functions, human health, and our economy. We are also becoming increasingly aware of systematic barriers that preclude many from studying and practicing entomology, threats that likely impact the productivity and ingenuity of entomological research in Canada. Our goal for the 2021 JAM – Strength in Diversity – is to showcase state of the art entomological research on a diversity of taxa, ecosystems and disciplines, and to collectively discuss solutions to enhancing equity and diversity in Entomology.

Interested researchers should submit a 1 page symposium proposal containing the following elements:

  1. Title of the proposed symposium
  2. Name(s), contact and affiliation for the Chair of the symposium
  3. Potential list of talks and speakers. Please indicate which speakers have confirmed their willingness to participate.
  4. A brief statement of how the symposia compliments that theme of the JAM.
  5. Time requirements. Our schedule can accommodate both 15 min presentations (12 min talk + 3 min Q&A), or 30 min presentations (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A).
  6. Any additional notes for consideration.

All proposed symposia must give appropriate consideration to equity, diversity and inclusion principles when selecting speakers.

Deadline for submission September 14 2020. Please email submissions to escjam2021@gmail.com

Seeking next ESC Webmaster

The Entomological Society of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the position of ESC webmaster, beginning as soon as possible. The webmaster is an officer of the society and reports to the Society’s Board of Directors. The duties of the position include maintaining the Society website (see: https://esc-sec.ca/), which was completely redesigned about 2 years ago. The webmaster makes updates to news items and the jobs board, posts the quarterly issues of the bulletin, and periodically updates board and committee membership pages, lists of awardees, photo pages, and the common names and directory of education data bases. The website uses the WordPress content management system, which is easy to learn even for someone with limited experience with website design and maintenance. Note that the membership area of the website and items relating registration and paper submission for joint annual meetings are maintained by the Society’s Association Management Company, and are not part of the ESC webmaster’s responsibilities.

Please express your interest in the position to the President, Gail Anderson, by 15 July 2020 (ESCPresident@esc-sec.ca). The final selection will be made by an ad hoc committee convened by the President. For more information about the position, please contact the current webmaster, Jordan Bannerman: jordan.bannerman@umanitoba.ca.

Call for interest: position of Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Entomologist

The Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) is seeking one or two co-Editors-in-Chief for The Canadian Entomologist (TCE) to start as soon as possible.

The co-Editors-in-Chief of TCE are Officers of the ESC and are responsible for the journal’s scientific and editorial integrity. TCE is an international journal that publishes on all aspects of entomology. Published by Cambridge University Press, the journal received about 150 submissions in 2019. TCE celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018 and is one of the world’s longest-running entomological journals.

The Executive Council of the ESC is keen to hear from members of the Society interested in this rewarding and challenging leadership position. The current Editor-in-Chief will become a co-Editor-in-Chief and will share responsibilities with the new volunteer(s). Our goal is to always have at least two co-Editors-in-Chief in these positions to help reduce workload and to increase the diversity and range of expertise of our editorial board.

For more information about this position, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Dezene Huber (huber@unbc.ca).

Please express your interest in the position to the ESC President, Dr. Gail Anderson, (ESCPresident@esc-sec.ca). Please include a cover letter, a CV indicating relevant experience, and contact information for two or three referees whom the ESC can consult. The final selection will be made by an ad hoc committee convened by the President.