Message from 2015 ESA President – Phil Mulder

It is truly an exciting time to be actively involved in the Entomological Society of America, particularly in light of the past and current initiatives that are moving us into the future. Likewise, I am equally excited to begin my duties as President at the close of this year’s Annual Meeting, and yet intimidated by the fantastic leadership we have seen over the past several years. My goal is to continue to move ESA in the right direction for all our members and address the many Grand Challenges that Frank Zalom, Rob Wiedenmann and others have championed throughout their terms as President of ESA. Entomology 2015 will present some unique opportunities as we co-locate in Minneapolis with the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). This will likely be one of the largest gatherings ESA has experienced in quite some time. Please come prepared for a very interactive meeting with our brethren in agricultural sciences; however, we will continue our regularly scheduled events, symposia, student competitions, section meetings, ten-minute paper presentations, posters, Linnaean Games, etc. We will share some common opening and closing speakers, while retaining our program, section, and member symposia.

Our theme for 2015 will be “Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions”. This theme represents a collaborative effort with the other societies, but genuinely keeps us focused on our three strategic principles; 1) our social responsibility to develop ALL members, 2) Exploring global partnerships and relationships within our science, and 3) expanding our influence around the world to maximize the impact that entomology has on improving the human condition and our knowledge of the world around us. You will notice in the 2015 logo that ESA has a prominent representative with the ladybird beetle. This insect is generally recognized and respected (I am aware of the exceptions) by all of our science partners as a contributor to plant health and production. Obviously, ESA is not exclusively about plant insect interactions, so we have all aspects of our science and our society that are represented by the cogs within the logo. The blue represents water which is essential to the entire biome of plants, animals, and soil organisms. The brown cog represents the earth and soil, which maintains the ecosystems we depend on for nutrition and growth. Finally, the yellow cog represents the sun and air, which we depend on for plant and animal function. All of these cogs work together as we know our sciences and our industry partners will do for Entomology 2015. Our theme for 2015 also generates several questions, like “synergy in what areas of science” or “partnering for solutions to what issues”? We hope to address the important issues facing society globally in the next couple of decades including; sustainability of field to market, climate change, hunger and food security, human health, science literacy, etc. In essence, many of the “Grand Challenges” that President Zalom and our members identified during our closing town hall meeting at Entomology 2013. Obviously, we cannot begin to conquer these challenges alone and our entomological partners across the globe have embraced our cause, which will connect us to the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) and “Entomology without Borders”.  Please mark your calendars for November 14-18, 2015 in Minneapolis as we continue to identify and address the many global challenges ahead and transition toward erasing the borders that hinder that cause.