Entomology Advocacy Week 2023

Posted by Mosquito Squad
Entomology Advocacy Week 2023

August 13, 2023

Entomology Advocacy Week August 14-18, 2023 is hosted by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) as a week to celebrate the accomplishments in insect science and champion evidence-based decision-making to further the field of entomology. This week leads up to other outreach dates such as World Humanitarian Day, World Honeybee Day, and World Mosquito Day, all of which highlight similar conservation goals as Entomology Advocacy Week. Whether you’re a professional in the field or an avid insect lover, there are many ways you can use your voice to advocate for entomologists.


Do you have to be an ESA member to participate in Entomology Advocacy Week? No!

Entomologists and citizen scientists can contribute to entomology advocacy week in many ways. The main goal of Entomology Advocacy Week is to support insect scientists and their initiatives in local, national, and international communities. Any form of positive impact for entomology counts as advocacy for the field, and advocacy comes in many forms!


Can I contribute to Environmental Policy advocacy, even if I’m not an entomologist? Absolutely!

The most effective form of advocacy comes from grassroots policy action, where science experts and citizens talk to their elected officials on policy decisions and funding for science education and research. Communicating with local officials is the first step to local-level policy change and can look like a phone call, letter, or direct message. Attending school board meetings, community town halls, and city council meetings also allow you to learn what policies are being discussed and typically gives you a chance to voice your support for entomology and wildlife conservation.


What if I can’t contact my local officials? Are there other ways I can support entomologists? Yes!

Volunteering with entomology and science organizations, donating to insect science organizations, sponsoring STEM programs, and connecting with neighbors and family all help spread the word that insects are essential! For more information on how you can get involved, contact your local extension agencies, school boards, and ESA chapters.

Actively supporting entomology on social media is another way to advocate for insect science. Engage with insect experts online and equip yourself with the knowledge and terminology to talk, post, and appreciate current topics in the field. Need help figuring out where to start? Follow Mosquito Squad (and me! @Emma_The_Entomologist) on social media for coverage on current insect trends, mosquito-borne illness tracking, and weather pattern awareness for mosquito-prevalent areas.

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