For Members Affected by the Government Shutdown

The Entomological Society of America welcomes the end of the lengthy partial shutdown of U.S. federal government operations in January 2019, though we lament the potentially irreversible effects it has had on members of the Society, the entomological community, and American science as a whole.

For ESA members whose work was slowed or halted by the shutdown, ESA has provided the following accommodations and resources for resuming your engagement with the Society as you return to normal operations. If you have questions or additional requests for assistance, please email us at

Membership Dues

Extended termination date for member benefits. As a courtesy to ESA members who work for the U.S. federal government and who have not yet been able to pay their 2019 member dues, ESA will extend their benefits beyond the standard grace-period termination date, until May 1, 2019. To renew your membership for 2019, please complete your renewal form online or contact   

Society News and Updates

Newsletter latest issues. Catch up quickly on all ESA news and announcements in recent issues of ESA eNews and ESA Science Policy News, archived online:


Entomology 2019. Deadlines for symposia, workshops, and organized meetings for Entomology 2019 are approaching. However, federal government employees interested in submitting proposals may request an extension, if needed. To request and extension, please email Rosina Romano, ESA Director of Meetings, at

Branch Meetings

  • The ESA Eastern Branch has extended its deadline for advance registration for its upcoming Branch Meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 9-12. Email ESA Program & Meetings Manager Becky Anthony to request instructions.
  • The ESA Pacific Branch has extended its deadline for federal employees to February 15 for paper, poster, and competition submissions and award nominations for its upcoming Branch Meeting in San Diego, California, March 31 - April 3. Please email submissions to program co-chairs Todd Murray, Alix Whitener, and Peter McGhee.
  • The ESA International Branch has extended its deadline to February 15 for virtual posters for its upcoming online Virtual Symposium, April 8-10. Learn more.
  • The ESA Southwestern Branch has extended its deadline to February 15 for paper, poster, and competition submissions and award nominations for its upcoming Branch Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 14-18. Learn more.

See the full calendar of Branch Meeting deadlines.

Branch Elections

ESA Journals

Journal papers in revisions. ESA is automatically extending deadlines for any government authors whose papers are in revision and who have been affected by the shutdown. If you need extended time to return your revisions, please contact the editorial office at and they will be happy to assist you.

Science Policy

During the shutdown, news reports covering noted stories from entomologists among examples of the shutdown's harm to science, while ESA spoke with media on behalf of the entomological community and entomologists shared their stories and views on Twitter. For a roundup of stories on the shutdown's impact and analysis from ESA government relations partner Lewis-Burke Associates, see "Government Shutdown Over, But Entomological Impact May Linger" on Entomology Today.


If you have questions about any of the above information, additional requests for assistance, or further stories to share about the impact of the federal government shutdown, please email us at