Gathering our community

Published April 01 2018

Get ready for the 2018 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting.

Co-chairs Jin Zhang and Wilfred van der Donk and the ASBMB Meetings Committee have put together a truly exciting program, with trend-setting research at the cutting edge of BMB and myriad opportunities for participants to present their work. To those of you who are planning to come, welcome — I look forward to seeing you at the year’s most important event. To those still undecided — please join us.

So why should you attend the ASBMB annual meeting?

In this age of accelerating discovery, none of us can conduct research without interdisciplinary breadth. It’s the challenge of 21st-century science to stay abreast of new ideas, even in areas you don’t engage with directly. But keeping up can be tough, especially when more than 60,000 papers are published each year in BMB alone.

At ASBMB 2018, you’ll grok the molecular mechanisms of life in all its breadth and beauty. Symposia, awards and spotlight presentations will showcase the latest findings on topics that bring together biomolecular structure and folding, chemical and metabolic regulation, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, chromatin and epigenetics, regulatory RNA, signaling and biochemical communication, enzyme catalysis, and large-scale systems biology. Advanced technical workshops will offer everything from big picture concepts to nitty-gritty details of the technologies everyone needs to know: cryoEM, optogenetics, molecular biosensors, nanodiscs and organoid cultures. The knowledge you gain at the annual meeting will keep you up to date and sharpen your competitive edge.

On top of this is the value of networking with our broad and brilliant community. Find new colleagues and collaborators at poster sessions, social mixers, and daily “Meet the Speakers” events. Learn about the latest strategies in science education and methods for teaching concepts-driven and hypothesis-based thinking. And learn how to advance your career at any stage, with workshops on strategically building your CV, achieving success in scientific publishing, and presenting your work to any audience.

Staying current also means staying abreast of research funding. Your ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee is investing wide-ranging advocacy efforts to promote federal support for basic research. Hear the latest on the state of federal investment in science research and policy changes affecting the research community at the Advocacy Town Hall.

Where else can you get this much bang for your buck? Don’t miss this opportunity to build your knowledge, meet leaders in research and education, and make lifelong friends — all in one place. We’ll see you April 21–25 in San Diego.

Natalie Ahn Natalie Ahn a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is president of the ASBMB.