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ICYMI: Highlights From Entomology 2021

Scenes from Entomology 2021

The in-person portion of Entomology 2021 took place in Denver, Colorado, October 31 to November 3.

Two weeks ago today, the in-person half of Entomology 2021 wrapped up in Denver, Colorado. For those onsite, it marked a measured but happy return to face-to-face connection in the insect science community. And those participating from afar were able to share their research and perspectives and connect with colleagues virtually through the conference virtual platform.

It was ESA’s first truly hybrid Annual Meeting (after going fully virtual in 2020), and in fact the conference isn’t really over, as all of the on-demand and recorded live sessions remain available for all registered attendees through January 31, 2022. If you haven’t yet, you can still register for access to the virtual content at any time.

Below are highlights from the event, featuring photos from onsite plus social media reactions, and more.

By the Numbers

Science on Display

Symposia and presentations got underway Sunday morning, October 31, with the Opening Plenary on Sunday evening rounding out the day, featuring Society updates from President Michelle Smith, BCE, and Executive Director Chris Stelzig, followed by a keynote presentation from Joseph Graves, Jr., Ph.D., evolutionary biologist at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and author of The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America (2005) and Race and Racism: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (forthcoming in 2021, with co-author Alan Goodman). Tuesday, meanwhile, featured the Professional Awards Breakfast and Founders’ Memorial Lecture in the morning and the Entomology Games championship round and Student Competition awards ceremony in the evening. And throughout all four days, symposia, workshops, and poster sessions filled the schedule.

Connection (and Costumes)

The first day of Entomology 2021 fell on Halloween, which several attendees made sure to observe. And throughout the event, in sessions, hallways, and the Exhibit Hall, connections were made and renewed. (And, as past ESA Annual Meeting attendees have shared, today’s connections often turn into tomorrow’s collaborations.)

Online Engagement

Both from Denver and around the world, Entomology 2021 attendees shared their enthusiasm for insect science.

Looking Ahead

While Entomology 2021 on-demand content remains open, ESA is already preparing for its next Annual Meeting in 2022, which will return to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to be co-hosted as the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of American, Canada, and British Columbia. At the Entomology 2021 Closing Plenary, incoming President Jessica Ware, Ph.D., announced the 2022 theme will be “Entomology as Inspiration: Insects through art, science, and culture.” Submissions for symposia and workshops are already open. See you in 2022!


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