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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.

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.

On June 8th, we invite you to celebrate National Insect Appreciation Day (NAIAD) with thousands of insect enthusiasts, amateurs, and professionals all across Canada. This year, the in-person activities scheduled for NAIAD were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it will still be possible to participate in the “insect picture challenge” on social media. We hope that this challenge will prompt the public to develop their curiosity towards insects and raise awareness about the presence of insects all around us.

In order to participate in the challenge, a person will have to post a least one picture of an insect during the National Insect Appreciation Day on June 8th. When posting the photo, the participant should include associated hashtags and nominate five friends by inviting them to also post an insect picture.

Hashtags:
#InsectPictureChallenge
#NationalinsectDay

We regret to announce that JAM2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank everyone involved for their efforts in organizing and supporting the meeting to this point. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time and we will see you at future ESAB and ESC meetings.

The Annual Meeting of Members of ESC will be held by teleconference in fall 2020, at a time and date to be determined. The plebiscite to determine the slate of directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting of Members will take place as usual. Board and other business meetings normally associated with the JAM will be held by teleconference. Details of teleconference meetings will be communicated as they are determined.

This free global event will feature three days of video and virtual poster presentations focused on:

  • Monday, 27 April 2020: Chemical Ecology. Speakers: John Beck, Charles Midega, Zainulabeuddin ‘Zain’ Syed (Baldwyn Torto, org.)
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020: Genetics, including Insect Molecular Genetics. Speakers: Ehab Abouheif, Ryan Rego, Denise Steinbach (Isobel Ronai, org.) and General Posters
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020: Biodiversity and Global Change. Speakers: Morgan D. Jackson, Sebastian Seibold, Jessica Ware (Julien Saguez, Charles Vincent, orgs.)

Join us for an opportunity to collaborate and learn from your peers and colleagues around the world in the comfort of your home, lab, or office. To view a list of plenary speakers and poster presentations by topic, visit the Virtual Symposium homepage.

To register for the free event, click on “CREATE A LOGIN AND VIEW THE ONLINE PROGRAM” on the Virtual Symposium homepage and create credentials to gain access. Please note you may already have credentials from a previous ESA event. Your ESA website login credentials are not necessary for this site. The free event is open to all insect-enthusiasts and entomologists; non-International Branch members are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT THE SOCIETY

Association Coordinator: info@esc-sec.ca

ESC President: ESCPresident@esc-sec.ca

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