Insect Scientists Converge in Indianapolis

November 5, 2009 -- Approximately 2,500 entomologists and professionals in related disciplines from around the world will gather December 13-16 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana to exchange scientific information at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The Meeting will feature 69 symposia featuring insect scientists who will give presentations on agriculture, bioenergy, GMOs, insect repellents, evolution, biodiversity, pest control, forestry, invasive species, colony collapse disorder (CCD), bed bugs, and more.

A full list of symposia can be found in the Online Program.

Noted speakers will include Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden; Mark Moffett, National Geographic Society; Colonel Richard Johnson, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and Ned Walker, Michigan State University.

Other highlights will include an insect photo exhibit, awards presentations for outstanding entomologists, the Linnaean Games (a contest of knowledge between 10 competing university teams), student debates and poster competitions, an entomology career center, and numerous receptions and social events.

Members of the media who would like to attend ESA meetings can contact ESA (; (301) 731-4535, ext. 3009) for a press pass.

More information on the ESA Annual Meeting, including registration instructions, can be found at

Founded in 1889, ESA is a non-profit organization committed to serving the scientific and professional needs of nearly 6,000 entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. ESA's membership includes representatives from educational institutions, government, health agencies, and private industry. More information on ESA is available at .

Contact: Richard Levine, 301-731-4535, ext. 3009, or