ASBMB Special Events


Professional Development for Graduate/Postdoctoral Trainees 

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:00 AM -  3:30 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
Marriott Hall 4, North Tower, Lobby Level

Energize your career objectives with insider perspectives on career options, panel discussions that respond to your burning questions, and networking opportunities that will benefit you at the meeting and in the future.  Join us for this pre-meeting program that is sure to help you make the most of your "big" meeting experience in San Diego.  Click here for details.

* Advance event registration required and will be accepted during the Experimental Biology (EB2012) registration process.   Registration includes lunch: $25 ASBMB Members, $35 all other EB registrants.  Event registration will close when fully subscribed.  Travel Award recipients do not  have to register for this event.  

ASBMB Opening Reception

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Immediately follows the Opening Lecture
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
Marriott Hall, North Tower, Lobby Level

Kick start your meeting experience enjoying refreshments while connecting with friends and fellow attendees at the ASBMB Opening Reception.    The event immediately follows the Society's Opening Lecture.  After the reception, head out to San Diego's Gaslamp District, or wander along the waterside Embarcadero for culinary exploration or a little nightlife.  All ASBMB members, biochemistry nonmember attendees and guests welcome at the Opening Lecture and Reception.  Consult program for schedule details.

Note: beginning Sunday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 25, all sessions held in the Convention Center are accessible to registered meeting attendees displaying an EB2012 badge.  


Science Superhero Series 

An Interactive Undergraduate Program at the ASBMB 2012 Annual Meeting

Saturday - Monday, April 21-23, 2012

Preparing for the ASBMB Annual Meeting can be a challenge, especially to undergraduate students who are attending a national meeting for the first time.  The more prepared students are to engage in the science, the more they can gain from their annual meeting experiences.

To help enrich the undergraduate experience at the meeting, the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee (EPD), working with the Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) Committee, has developed the following suite of programs for the 2012 ASBMB Annual Meeting.  Please click on each activity below for details. 

  1. The Fortress of Knowledge: Online Now!
  2. Brekke for Next Gens - Breakfast with award winning scientists Drs. Christine Guthrie and Kim Orth 
  3. Powering Up - A quick prep for the meeting
  4. The Battle - 16th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition
  5. Find Your Super Match! - A careers speed dating event

For information about the complete program, go to:   


ASBMB 5K Fun Run/Walk   

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 7:00 AM Run/Walk Start, rain or shine
Embarcadero Park North, located behind the Harbor House Restaurant in Seaport Village

Calling all fitness enthusiasts and those that just enjoy participating in fun events, join us for ASBMB's 5K Fun Run/Walk 2012.  The course follows the Embarcadero waterfront and quaint Seaport Village.  Enjoy views of Coronado Island and the maritime activity cruising the bay. 

* Advance registration required.  Event is fully subscribed.




Teaching Session with Stuart Kornfeld:
Modeling the Molecular Machinery of the Protein Trafficking Pathway 

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
San Diego Convention Center, 6B, Upper Level


This informal session will provide students and post-docs an opportunity to meet and visit with Dr. Kornfeld and other researchers who have contributed to the field of protein trafficking.  Physical models of key proteins involved in protein trafficking pathways will be available – and will frame these conversations about the recent discovery of essential features of the trafficking pathway.   

Come join us for a unique tour of this fascinating field – led by people who have made significant contributions to the field, and enhanced by physical models of key proteins and by stunning cellular landscapes that illustrate the process.  Learn more... 




ASBMB Welcome and Networking Reception

Sponsored by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
Marina Ballroom D, South Tower, 3rd Floor

 ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee welcomes primary investigators, industry professionals, educators, young scientists and students to enjoy this networking and mentoring reception.   ASBMB members and biochemistry nonmembers welcome.  Consult program for schedule details.

Sign up now for ASBMB's Partnership for Diversity 


Effectively Communicating Your Science
sponsored by the ASBMB Public Policy Advisory Committee 

Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Convention Center, Upper Level, Room 6B

It has never been more important to communicate science and its importance to the public.  How can we make scientific discovery a high national priority?  What can each of us do locally to make a difference?  Join Nobel laureate, Paul Berg, NPR science correspondent, Joe Palca, Deputy Director of Practices, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) and science communicator, Megan J. Palmer, and Huffington Post science correspondent, Cara Santa Maria, for a panel discussion of how to get through to challenging audiences and make the best case for a long term investment in and focus on science.




ASBMB Thematic Fermentation Hour

(a.k.a. ASBMB Scientific Thematic Receptions)
Monday, April 23, 2012, 6:00 PM, immediately follows the afternoon symposia.
Convention Center, West Terrace (Bay side), Upper Level.

Relax at this casual post-session happy hour and continue the scientific discussion, meet the speakers and network with others in your field - all while enjoying a beverage and light refreshments hosted by the ASBMB.  ASBMB members and biochemistry nonmember attendees welcome.

ASBMB Inaugural Poetry Contest Reading

Monday, April 23, 2012, 7:00 PM, immediately follows the ASBMB Thematic Fermentation Hour.
Convention Center, 6A Lobby, Upper Level. 

Join us in support of our prize-winning poets and the runners-up, who will read their science-themed verses for all to enjoy. 


ASBMB Brewing Science, "Tweet & Meet"

Monday, April 23, 2012, 7:30 - 9:30 PM 

Looking to learn tricks on how to share your science in an internet 2.0 world? Need practice with communicating your science to non-experts? Just like beer?  Learn more about this fun networking event and join us at a nearby San Diego Brewery ...



Work-Life Balance and Time Management: A Professional Development Workshop for Students, Postdocs and Junior Faculty    

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Convention Center, 11A, Upper Level

ASBMB is sponsoring a lunchtime workshop addressing work-life balance and the practice of successful time management to achieve and sustain personal and professional satisfaction.  Registration for this event is available through the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting registration site only.  Sign up for this event when you register for the EB meeting.  Registration includes lunch.

Space is limited and registration will close when the event is fully subscribed.  There will be no onsite registration.

ASBMB members must sign up to attend and will receive complimentary event registration
$20 for all other EB registrants.  
Event registration will close when fully subscribed.

ASBMB Women Scientists Networking Event

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Convention Center, 11A, Upper Level.

Join fellow women biochemists and molecular biologists for a topical discussion of how women scientists can better support each other.  The event includes a networking reception. 

Featured presenter: Ellen Daniell, author of, Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists  


Y.E.S. Mixer (Young Experimental Scientists)

Consult program for schedule details.

The Y.E.S. Mixer brings together trainees and students from all Experimental Biology disciplines for a fun, club-like, dance party.  

Meeting registration badge must be worn to gain admittance.   

Beverage tickets issued at the door, while supplies last.  Alcohol will Not be served to those under 21 or those without proper ID.   

Consult program for schedule details.