ESA Science Policy
ESA’s public and science policy initiatives focus on raising awareness of the importance of the entomological sciences in policy discussions, educating policymakers, and providing our members with a voice in science policy debates.
We manage our policy efforts in a number of ways, including:
- ESA’s Science Policy Committee developed a tiered approach to the Society's science policy agenda that guides and focuses our outreach efforts with government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations. The agenda includes three levels and is expected to change over time as priorities and circumstances evolve.
- ESA contracts with Lewis Burke Associates (LBA) in Washington D.C. to represent the Society's interests on Capitol Hill and with federal Agencies.
- With LBA, ESA writes a monthly Science Policy Newsletter which focuses on science issues that are being discussed on Capitol Hill, as well as regulatory policies and decisions made by government agencies we work with, such as the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and others.
- The SPC facilitates the development of ESA position statements on topics of important entomological interest.
- The Science Policy Fellows program is a two-year program of educating five ESA members each year on public advocacy for entomology and entomological research, including two trips a year to Washington D.C. to meet with legislative staff and agency leaders.
- ESA offers a number of science policy communication documents on our website for entomologists and others who are interested in advocating for the discipline of entomology.
- ESA staff, leadership, and members on occasion visit Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to advocate for specific legislation, funding levels, or other topics of entomological concern in addition to offering ESA as a scientific resource for lawmakers.
- ESA’s Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs represents ESA’s membership to the EPA, provides critical input on topics such as the clarity of insecticide labels, the utility of label mitigations, spray drift, invasive arthropod species, insecticide resistance, and the role of insecticides in integrated pest management.
- ESA is a member of several coalitions that allow our voice to be amplified. These include the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition (whose mission is to heighten the awareness and appreciation among policymakers and the public of the importance and role of USDA’s AFRI competitive grants program), the Climate Science Working Group, the Coalition for National Science Funding, and the Friends of ARS.
- ESA often holds policy training workshops at the Annual Meeting and at other times in order to help entomologists become effective advocates for their science and to effectively communicate with policymakers.
- Through ESA's Grand Challenges agenda, the Society raises awareness of important societal issues and seeks ways that ESA can bring solutions to problems of global importance.
- ESA provides direct input and advice to legislators and their staffs on issues of entomological importance. The Society also will occasionally host or support briefing sessions on Capitol Hill. Recent topics have been on the Zika virus, a tick summit.
- Click here for a list of documents and other links related to ESA's Science Policy program.