2019 Science Policy Tour: Collaborative Approach to Resistance Management

On August 6-7, 2019, the ESA P-IE and PBT Sections will partner with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) to host a Resistance Management Tour. This opportunity will combine classroom learning with experiential learning, networking opportunities, and will be an immersive opportunity to engage with others on this critical issue. Read details below.

What is the 2019 Resistance Management Tour?

This Science Policy Tour is a two day commitment that involves in-person and in-field ‘hands-on’ interactions in several subjects related to resistance management. The Tour will take place in Nebraska and Iowa and is an opportunity to see first-hand successful programs in resistance management across different environments focusing on insects and weeds. During the tour, the participants will have the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders who are actively working on different projects related to resistance management. This is a collaboration between ESA's P-IE and PBT Sections as well as the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).

Why should ESA Members want to attend?

The tour aligns with the ESA Grand Challenges around sustainable agriculture, invasive insects, and vector-borne diseases. The focus of the Tour will be on agriculture, but the application of resistance management programs has broader implications for ecosystem resilience. The ultimate goal is for ESA to become a lead national expert organization for developing and disseminating knowledge on collaborative approaches to insect resistance management to the general public, media, and policymakers by the end of the decade.

How much does it cost to attend the Resistance Management Tour and what does the cost cover?

The only cost to participants will be your travel and hotel reservations. All meals, bus transportation, fees and admissions will be covered by generous donations. Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including cost of airfare or ground transportation to and from the sites where the Tour will begin and end. Upon selection of attendees, more details will be provided to those attending.

Who will attend?

A number of seats in the tour bus have been reserved for ESA members. The remaining seats will be designated for WSSA members and for nationally and regionally prominent stakeholders – stakeholders that many of our membership do not regularly interact with nor regularly attend the ESA annual meeting.

Are there any award opportunities?

Yes, the P-IE and PBT Sections will each award travel assistance to one student and one Early Career Professional. Applications for travel support are part of the overall application. Questions about this aspect of the tour can be sent to Ronda Hamm at ronda.hamm@corteva.com.

Desired outcomes of the Resistance Management Tour:

  • Action plans at all levels that will support and sustain local community-based solutions.
  • Participants leave feeling empowered with a clear identification of their roles in leading action plans at all levels.
  • Participants are armed with examples and contacts of working community-based groups.

Travel Information:

  • Welcome reception, all meals, bus transportation, all fees and admissions are covered by our generous sponsors.
  • Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including cost of hotel, airfare, or ground transportation to and from the locations where the Tour will begin and end.


Unlike earlier ESA tours, this tour includes classroom learning and other immersive learning techniques. The Agenda spans two days and two states - click here for details.

How do you apply to join the Resistance Management Tour?
Anyone interested in applying to be a participant in the Resistance Management Tour should fill out this application. It will be open through June 14, 2019. All applicants will be informed of their status on approximately June 21.