Founded in 1906, the ASBMB’s mission is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology and to promote the understanding of the molecular nature of life processes. The society serves the scientific community through:
- Publication of scientific and educational journals
- Organization of scientific meetings
- Advocacy for funding of basic research and education
- Support of career development and science education at all levels
- Promoting the diversity of individuals entering the scientific workforce
Diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion commitment statement
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) recognizes that diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) are vital to the success of the scientific enterprise and therefore must be integrated throughout the organization, the fields of study it represents, and the broader STEM community. The ASBMB is committed to promoting a culture that values DEAI.
Diversity fosters excellence and innovation
Scientists who have varied life experiences provide different insights when faced with complex scientific questions. The ASBMB advocates for equity, accessibility and inclusion of historically excluded groups within BMB and strongly believes people from these groups are critical to advancing science. The society actively strives for both its membership and leadership to reflect the diversity of the global population. The ASBMB is committed to increasing the number of historically excluded scientists in the BMB fields and supporting them as they navigate their education and career.
Equity requires data collection, assessment, transparency and accountability
Opaqueness perpetuates inequity. The ASBMB is committed to evaluating its programs, policies and practices, making the results known to its members and the public, and maintaining a culture of accountability.
Access to opportunities requires stakeholder input, planning and investment
The ASBMB is committed to creating accessible programming and facilitating participation by people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, age or religion. The society seeks to identify and invest in solutions to eliminate barriers to access for all educational, professional, volunteer and leadership opportunities that it offers.
Inclusion is about understanding and respect
The ASBMB strives to make all its members feel understood, valued and accepted. The society seeks to establish and sustain a sense of belonging by soliciting input and feedback and using it to inform decision-making.
The society will uphold these core values of DEAI across all departments and committees — and support its members in their DEAI efforts at their respective institutions and out in the world. The organization will speak out and stand up against racism, discrimination, exclusion, prejudice, ableism and sexual harassment. The ASBMB is committed to being an agent of change.
The ASBMB is governed by a council comprised of the president, president-elect or past-president, treasurer, secretary and nine councilors.
The following committees support the society’s activities:
- Awards Committee
- Education and Professional Development Committee (EPD)
- Finance Committee
- Meetings Committee
- Membership Committee
- Maximizing Access Committee (MAC)
- Nominating Committee
- Public Affairs Advisory Committee (PAAC)
- Publications Committee
- Science Outreach and Communication Committee
- Student Chapters Committee
- Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee (WiBMB)
The society’s day-to-day operations are managed by a staff located in Rockville, Maryland. See all staff