Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

This week: ASBMB webinar on DEAI funding and training opportunities and the deadline for the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program. Just added: Lasker Foundation essay contest, GEN webinar on rare disease therapeutics, and SACNAS webinar on ChatGPT.
ASBMB Today Staff
Feb. 11, 2024

Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events to help you advance your career. If you’d like us to feature something that you’re offering to the bioscience community, email us with the subject line “For calendar.” ASBMB members’ offerings take priority, and we do not promote products/services. Learn how to advertise in ASBMB Today.

Feb. 14: ASBMB webinar on DEAI funding and training opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department for its monthly "Finding the funds" webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities that are available to them. For this edition, the ASBMB has paired up with the National Society of Black Engineers to highlight DEAI funding and training opportunities at the National Science Foundation and National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Join us to discover the many ways you can get funded.

Feb. 14: Webinar about best practices for preparing datasets

At 1 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 14,  FASEB is hosting a webinar titled "5 reasons we can't publish your dataset." This virtual conversation will cover "best practices for preparing datasets and how to avoid common mistakes," plus "some of the most common reasons data is sent back to authors" to help attendees ensure their dataset is published rapidly and smoothly. Learn more.

Feb. 16: NIH Summer Internship Program deadline

The NIH's Summer Internship Program is "an opportunity for students in college, graduate, and professional school to perform a summer research internship in the Intramural Research Program at the NIH." Interns work with a principal investigator and research opportunities include: "biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences with opportunities to explore basic, translational and clinical research." Learn more.

Feb. 16: Deadline to apply for the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers a program for highly motivated science, technology, engineering and math undergraduate students to receive training in biomedical research. Through the program, students will receive career mentoring from NIEHS investigators, an academic-year-long, paid biomedical research internship, and the opportunity to present research and attend scientific talks. The deadline to apply is Feb. 16, and the selection day is March 5. Learn more.

Feb. 21: ASBMB webinar on scientists running for office

Over half a million people serve in elected office in the United States, and even more serve their communities through appointments to boards and commissions. However, public office remains a rare and enigmatic path for many scientists. This webinar aims to demystify the path from the bench to the ballot by highlighting the experiences of biochemists and molecular biologists serving in office at various levels. It starts at 2 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 21. The panel will discuss their career trajectories, their experience running for and serving in office, and how they use their scientific background in office. Learn more and register.

Feb. 21: Info session on adopting pd/hub courses/workshops

Looking to enhance your institution's support of career planning for Ph.D. students or postdocs? Applications are now being accepted from those interested in adopting a course/workshop from the National Institutes of Health-funded Professional Development Hub (pd|hub) Collection titled "Foundations of Career Exploration for Ph.D. Scientists." The pd|hub Collections offer detailed implementation guides and expert consultations. Attend the Feb. 21 info session, and apply by March 1. View the models, meet the experts and apply.

Feb. 23: Deadline for Royal Society medals/awards nominations

The Royal Society is accepting nominations for its medals and awards. The awards celebrate excellence across the biological, physical and applied sciences, and around 30 medals will be announced in the summer. All scientists are invited to nominate individuals and teams for the accolades, especially when they "recognise the achievements of individuals and teams from groups that are under-represented in science." Learn more.

Feb. 27: GEN webinar on rare disease therapeutics

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News is hosting a webinar at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 27 during which experts "will discuss important trends in rare disease therapeutics and highlight ways of accelerating the drug discovery and development process." There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Learn more.

Feb. 28: Deadline for HHMI's Gray fellowship applications

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will select up to 25 early-career scientists for its 2024 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. The competition is for postdocs in the basic biological and biomedical sciences. Its goal is "to increase diversity in the professoriate by supporting early-career researchers who show exceptional promise of becoming successful academic scientists, which includes the potential to build and contribute to an equitable and inclusive lab culture." Fellows get up to $1.5 million for up to eight years, from their postdoc period to the start of their labs. The deadline to apply is at 3 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 28. Learn more.

Feb. 29: Deadline for fellowship applications for Biomolecular Horizons 2024

On Sept. 20–22, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Federation of Asian & Oceanian Biochemists & Molecular Biologists is holding a fellowship for young scientists in the Macedon Ranges in Australia. Early-career researchers are invited to participate in the Young Scientist Program. Highlights include:

  • Two days of pre-conference science and networking experiences.
  • Presentations from all participants.
  • Keynote speakers.
  • Workshops and activities.
Participants will receive a travel fellowship and registration fee waiver to Biomolecular Horizons 2024. Learn more.

Feb. 29: SACNAS webinar on utilizing CHatGPT for professional development

At 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 29, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science is hosting a webinar about ChatGPT. Elisabeth Johnson will cover "how to use ChatGPT and AI applications for career planning and creating a strategic outlook for advancement." Learn more.

March 1: Deadline for pd|hub implementation applications

The Professional Development Hub (pd|hub) is now accepting applications from organizations and proggrams interested in implementing its "Foundations of Career Exploration for Ph.D. Scientists" collection. With funding from NIH, the pd|hub Collections offer detailed implementation guides and expert consultations to support the adaptation of peer-reviewed educational approaches. The guides have been refined and annotated in recognition of the individuality of student/postdoc identity formation during the career-exploration processes and to enhance inclusive facilitation practices. Access full pd|hub resources and support by applying to be an implementation site! The application deadline is March 1. View the models, meet the experts and apply.

March 1: FDA's Rare Disease Day public meeting

In observance of Rare Disease Week, the Food & Drug Administration will host a virtual public meeting from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern on March 1. Topics that will be covered during panel discussions include "the legal framework for approving studies and medical products at FDA, what FDA does during review processes to approve medical products, decentralized clinical trials and digital health technologies" and more. As stated in the event description, "stakeholders are invited to provide their perspectives on the discussion questions through the public docket." Learn more.

March 15–16: National Postdoctoral Association conference

The 2024 National Postdoctoral Conference will be held in Seattle. It is "the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community " during which attendees will have the "opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills." Learn more.

March 18: Deadline to apply to be an early-career representative on FASEB's board and Science Policy Committee

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology reserves three voting positions on its Board of Directors and Science Policy Committee for early-career scientists. International applicants are welcome. Each appointee will serve one two-year term. Learn more.

March 23–26: See you at #DiscoverBMB in San Antonio

#DiscoverBMB is the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With a mission to share the latest, most impactful research findings in the molecular life sciences, #DiscoverBMB offers an exciting agenda that includes talks by the field's foremost experts, interactive workshops on the latest trends, technologies and techniques, and an invigorating exhibition of posters, services and products. The meeting attracts researchers in academia and industry, educators, trainees and students from across the globe. It offers unparalleled opportunities for collaborating, networking and recruiting. See the symposia themes and organizers.  Learn more and register.

April 1: Deadline for the Breakthrough Prize nominations

The public nomination period for the 2025 Breakthrough Prizes closes April 1. The Breakthrough Prizes honor scientists in life sciences, physics and mathematics, each with a $3 million award. A globally broadcast gala awards ceremony will be held to "celebrate the laureates’ achievements and to foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors and inspire the next generation of scientists." Learn more.

April 2: Deadline to submit to the Lasker Foundation's 2024 Essay Contest

The Lasker Foundation is now accepting submissions for its 2024 essay contest. The prompt is: "Identify a specific unmet need in biomedical knowledge or a scientific question that is insufficiently addressed in biomedical research today." The contest is open to:

  • Medical school students, interns, residents and fellows.
  • Doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences.
  • Graduate students training in health professions programs (e.g., public health, dental, pharmacy, etc. who are currently doing research).
Essays should be 800 words or less and written in English. The deadline to apply is 2 p.m. Eastern Time on April 2. Winners will be announced in mid-July and receive up to $5,000 to be used toward their educational expenses. Learn more

April 5: Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program Biotech and MedTech application deadline

The Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program is a one-year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students (undergraduate juniors and seniors, baccalaureate, master's or Ph.D.), postdocs and early-career researchers with industry mentors "who work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries." Scholars will attend a five-day training session "to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend a major industry conference." Learn more.

Sept. 26–30, 2024: ASBMB's transcriptional regulation meeting

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin, and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. With recent innovations and technological advances in clinical and preclinical research, personalized medicine is becoming a reality, in part because of advances in our understanding of RNA polymerase II. Many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin. The community is highly dynamic and multi-disciplinary, with an ever-changing set of focal areas that establish new paradigms and new ways of thinking about the topic. Even after decades of study, this research area continues to advance, reveal new concepts, and bolsters almost every other area of biology. Learn more.

Oct. 21–25, 2024: Conference on epigenetic regulation and genome stability

The ASBMB has partnered with the Biophysical Society of China for a meeting on the interplay between epigenetic regulation and genome stability. It will be held Oct. 21–25 in Wuhan, China. The topics include:

  • Epigenetic regulation of genome replication.
  • Dynamic epigenetic alterations maintaining genome stability.
  • Chromatin-based epigenetic inheritance.
  • The role of epigenetic alterations in cancer and aging.
There will be seven platform sessions devoted to oral presentations and two poster sessions. In addition to presentations from two keynote speakers and 30 invited speakers, there will be 14 short talks chosen from the abstracts submitted. Learn more and register.

Jan. 21–24, 2025: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The 2025 Deuel conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif. It is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators — and for scientists who’ve just begun to explore the role of lipids in their research programs. This event will bring together a diverse array of people including those who have not attended Deuel or perhaps any lipid meeting before. The conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy the informal atmosphere that encourages free and open discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts. Read our Q&A with the organizers. Learn more.

Aug. 17–21, 2025: The 15th international symposium on proteomics in the life sciences

This five-day symposium, held at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful proteomics technologies. Formerly known as the "International symposium on mass spectrometry in the health and life sciences," the meeting has been renamed to reflect the growing number of partial and non-mass spectrometry–based methods under discussion.

The symposium will juxtapose sessions about methodological advances with sessions about the roles those advances play in solving problems and seizing opportunities to understand the composition, dynamics and function of cellular machinery in numerous biological contexts. In addition to celebrating these successes, we also intend to articulate urgent, unmet needs and unsolved problems that will drive the field in the future. In addition to talks by invited plenary and session speakers, short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. See the program of our previous meeting.


  • Sunday minisymposium — Biofluid proteomics: discovery to clinic
  • Emerging technologies: Sample preparation and automation
  • Emerging technologies: Instrumentation and data generation
  • Emerging technologies: Single cell and spatial proteomics
  • Proteomics in structural biology and integration with other high resolution methods
  • Interactomics: Understanding pathways, networks and molecular machines
  • Chemical biology and chemoproteomics: Toward functional understanding of drugs and their targets
  • Cell, organellar and tissue biology: Signaling, cross talk and communication
  • Impact of clinical and translational proteomics in human health and treatment
  • Multiomics integrative analysis and the emerging roles of machine learning and neural models
Registration and abstract-submission information will be available in late 2024. Learn more and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

Do you have a great idea for a scientific event?

We are now accepting proposals for scientific events to be held in 2024 and 2025. You pick the topic, the sessions and the speakers, and we’ll do the rest.

That’s right! We’ll manage registration, market the event to tens of thousands of scientists, and handle all the logistics so that you can focus on the science.  

The top areas of research interest among ASBMB members include the following, but we’ll consider all proposals:  

  • Protein structure and folding 
  • Molecular bases of disease 
  • Gene regulation 
  • Signal transduction 
  • Metabolism 

What molecule, method or research question needs more attention? We’re here to help you realize your vision and deliver cutting-edge science to the BMB community. 

Propose an event.

Year-round: Van Andel Institute postdoc preview applications

Van Andel Institute offers sernior graduate students who are exploring postdoc options the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about its postdoctoral training positions. Applications are accepted year-round, and participants will meet one-on-one with faculty and explore VAI's scientific resources. There is no cost to attend for selected applicants. Learn more.

Year-round: HHMI Janelia Visiting Scientist Program applications

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and established senior investigators are all invited to participate in Janelia's Visiting Scientist Program. Janelia accepts visitor proposals on a continuous basis. Since 2007, more than 410 visiting scientists from 23 countries have participated in the program. Learn more.

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