Annapolis, MD; February 21, 2017--The Entomological Society of America (ESA) endorses the March for Science to be held on April 22. The guiding principles of ESA, a non-partisan scientific society, recognize that the discipline of entomology is global, that all of its members must be able to participate fully in the organization, and that entomologists must collaborate with government and the public to maximize the positive benefits insect science offers to the world. The stated goals and principles of the March for Science align closely with these strategic principles of ESA.
"We have an obligation to promote the responsible conduct of science and speak out against any proposed interference with the free exchange of scientific knowledge," says ESA President Susan J. Weller, Ph.D. "I encourage ESA members to support this celebration of science."
For many years, ESA has worked to help entomologists develop their skills as science communicators and effective advocates for the discipline. The Society will continue to support this activity so that members who engage in the March for Science can sustain that momentum into productive outreach in the future.
For Society members interested in marching, ESA will share information on how to participate, and it will assess how to best provide support onsite at the event in Washington, DC, and remotely for members marching at satellite events around the world.
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