ESA Annual Meeting

Important ESA Annual Meeting Update

ESA will be holding the Annual Meeting, August 2-7. Currently, we are monitoring updates from the local and national health officials to decide whether the meeting will be held as planned in Salt Lake City, Utah or whether we will hold a virtual meeting instead of gathering in person. So, either way, we encourage you to prepare and collaborate with colleagues for the ESA Annual Meeting. Please check back as this page will be updated regularly with the most current information.


For all of our  upcoming SEEDS events, we are closely monitoring updates from the local and national public health authorities regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we will reevaluate as needed.

The SEEDS Program offers two types of funded travel awards to attend the ESA Annual Meeting:

Travel awards defray expenses to attend the ESA Meeting including air travel, meals, lodging, and registration. Travel awards are funded through support of the National Science Foundation and ESA member donations. 

ESA is the nation’s leading professional society of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists, researchers, policy-makers and managers from the United States and over 50 other nations. The ESA Annual Meeting draws more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to participate in scientific presentations, symposia, workshops, field trips, and a trade show. It provides an excellent venue to engage students and faculty in one of the most important facets of science – communicating ideas and new knowledge with the scientific community.

SEEDS specific events at the Annual Meeting include an orientation meeting and dinner, a mixer, and a breakfast for participants and mentors. Other highlighted events include a diversity luncheon and student events such as section meetings and mixers.

Annual Meeting Packages – Sponsor a student to attend! 

In addition to the limited SEEDS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to the ESA Meeting, we would like to invite institutions to think about sponsoring students to the ESA Annual Meeting from August 2-7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We strongly encourage you to seek support from your university/college to provide travel funds for an outstanding student. It will be a great opportunity to interact with the world’s largest network of professional ecologists and diversity mentoring program in the field.  SEEDS will welcome your students to all SEEDS events along with those who have been awarded the travel scholarships and will arrange for ESA meeting mentors for them as well.

Two packages are offered:

  • Full package includes all travel arrangements including airfare, housing, ground transportation to/from airport to hotel, a meal stipend and four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, meeting registration and student membership: $1600.
  • Mini-package includes meal stipend, four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, registration and student membership:  $600

For more information about our packages and sponsoring a student, please contact us at

The 105th ESA Annual Meeting – Harnessing the ecological data revolution. will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 2-7, 2020.