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Invitation to media: Insect science takes center stage in St. Louis, November 17-20

'Insect Decline in the Anthropocene' symposium highlights jam-packed Entomology 2019 schedule

Entomological Society of America

WHAT: Entomology 2019, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America

WHERE: America's Center, St. Louis, Missouri

WHEN: November 17-20, 2019

WHO: 3,000+ insect scientists and entomological experts

For four days in November, St. Louis, Missouri, will be the entomology capital of the world.

As the planet's largest yearly gathering of insect scientists, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America will convene more than 3,000 experts, students, and practitioners to share and discuss the latest research and innovation in entomology.


The past year has brought the global welfare of insects to the world's attention, and Entomology 2019 will feature a symposium gathering a dozen of the world's leading minds on insect biodiversity for a series of presentations under the banner "Insect Decline in the Anthropocene." Organized by the University of Connecticut's David L. Wagner, Ph.D., the symposium will feature talks such as:

  • "Insects and recent climate change"

  • "Where might be many tropical insects?"

  • "The global pollinator crisis--delusion, decline, or death blow?"

  • "The decline of insects: What should we do about it?"

See the full slate for the "Insect Decline in the Anthropocene" symposium at


Entomology 2019 will get off to a flying start with an opening keynote by Erica McAlister, Ph.D., senior curator of Diptera at London's Natural History Museum and author of the award-winning book The Secret Life of Flies. McAlister is a prolific science communicator and has become known as a global ambassador for insect science. Her keynote title? "Murder, Maggots, and Mayhem."


Other highlights at Entomology 2019 will include

  • The "Antlion Pit" Competition, an innovation challenge that will award funding for ideas for entomology-related products and services. Think "Shark Tank" for entomology!

  • A new "infographics" category for scientific posters that will push presenters beyond the traditional research poster and into new forms of visual science communication.

  • More than 3,000 individual entomology presentations and posters across 120 symposia, workshops, and meetings. Just a small sample of symposium titles includes:

      o Can We Really Eliminate Mosquito-Borne Disease in the 21st Century?

      o Cross-Pollination Across Sectors: A Forum on Pollinator Health & Safety

      o Invasion of the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, in North America

      o Bugs in Technicolor: How Color Research Advocates for Entomology

      o Advocating for Insects as Food and Feed

      o Effects of Land Management and Disturbance on Wild Bee Communities

      o Monitoring and Managing the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, in Africa and Asia

      o The Show-Me State: Current Entomological Research and Conservation in Missouri


To view the full list of symposia at Entomology 2019, visit, or view entire online program at For further info about the conference, visit


For members of the media interested in attending Entomology 2019, please review ESA's conference media policies at To request a complimentary media pass to Entomology 2019, please contact:

(before October 11) Joe Rominiecki,, 301-731-4535 x3009

(after October 11) Lisa Junker,, 301-731-4535 x3020


ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit


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