Letter from President Grayson Brown

Fellow ESA Members, 

We just returned from the 2012 Summer Planning Meetings in Knoxville and I want to update you on a number of exciting events and activities pertaining to the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) 2012 and 2016 events.

First, I want to assure that you are aware that ESA submitted a detailed proposal to the ICE Council for hosting the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) meeting in Orlando, Florida.  If our bid is accepted, this event would be the largest event in the history of the entomological sciences, bringing an estimated 6,000+ entomologists and others in related disciplines together from around the world. Just think of the breadth of science that would be discussed in five days and connections that could be made!

ICE 2016 in Orlando, supported by other international initiatives we have in the works, would be a game-changer for ESA.  It will help us significantly broaden the awareness of the Society around the world, help us build many more collaborative partnerships, increase our membership, and aid us in providing access for our members and others around the globe to the latest research and science.  We will be a stronger, more global and prestigious society with more publishing, presentation, and networking opportunities for our members.

We have 24 societies and organizations already supporting our ICE 2016 bid, and are in high-level discussions with several international societies about co-locating their meetings with ICE 2016.  Our plan is to co-locate ESA’s 2016 Annual Meeting with this event, tentatively scheduled for September 25-30, 2016.

The ESA Governing Board has selected Dr. Walter S. Leal, Chemical ecologist and Professor and former Chair of the Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, and Dr. Alvin M. Simmons, a Research Entomologist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, as the planning co-chairs for this event.  The proposed theme for the meeting is “Entomology without Borders”.

The ICE 2016 Planning Team, consisting of myself, Drs. Leal and Simmons, ESA Executive Director David Gammel, ESA Director of Meetings Rosina Romano, and ESA Director of Membership Debi Sutton will be attending the ICE 2012 meeting in Daegu, South Korea next month (August 19-25) along with a host of other members.  We will present our bid to the ICE Council in person, and will staff an ESA booth promoting our journals, membership, Annual Meeting, Certification program and other services.  Please stop by our booth to say hello if you are attending ICE 2012. 

While in Korea, we are excited that our International Branch will be holding their second annual meeting in Daegu.  They will be hosting a symposium entitled, “The Contribution of IPM to Food Security in the Developing World”, on August 21 from 2-6:00 p.m. Their business meeting is scheduled to immediately follow this presentation from 6-7:00 p.m. The election for International Branch officers will take place here.

In addition, Dr. Antônio R. Panizzi, President of Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) and I are convening a global meeting of society presidents during ICE 2012.

Finally, ESA’s Students and Young Professionals Committee managed a travel grant awards program earlier this year for students and post docs to attend and participate in ICE 2012, and they awarded 25 grants (a total of $65,000) for travel to this important event.

We hope our ICE 2016 bid is accepted and that we are given the honor of hosting this important event in the United States.  I will provide an update to you when we return from Daegu


Prof. Grayson C. Brown, PhD
2012 President, Entomological Society of America