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Submit your vote for ASBMB Molecule of the Year! Plus, mark your calendar for ASBMB's upcoming webinars on funding opportunities and caregiving.
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June 9, 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.

Participate in a survey about researchers’ perceptions and expectations of scientific conferences

Ariane Wenger, a postdoc at the Transdisciplinarity Lab at ETH Zurich, is writing her thesis on changing conference practices and has developed a survey for researchers at all career stages. Learn more and take the survey.

Request a Cloud Lab account from the NIH

National Institutes of Health staff and affiliated researchers are invited to register for Cloud Lab accounts. The goal of this self-paced, interactive program is to remove "barriers to cloud adoption by providing no-cost, customized, and scientifically relevant training, making it easier for researchers to learn about and explore the cloud with confidence." Participants will have access to a free cloud account and $500 of cloud credits, which are valid for up to 90 days. Learn more.

June 10: ASBMB webinar on coping with midcareer doldrums

Join us for a panel discussion with faculty members who employed unique strategies to overcome their doldrums and keep moving toward their professional goals. This free event begins at 2 p.m. on June 10 and is sponsored by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee. Learn more and register.

June 20: Outsourcing strategies for RNA-LNP development

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News is hosting a webinar at 11 a.m. Eastern on June 20 during which "experts in nanomedicine will share insights into critical aspects of mRNA-LNP formulation, process development, and novel analytical methods that will help shape the future of therapeutics development." Learn more.

June 24: Submit your vote for ASBMB's Molecule of the Year

We asked ASBMB members to nominate their picks for the most influential molecular discoveries and innovations to be the ASBMB "Molecule of the Year." The nominations are in, and now it's time for you to vote! This is your chance to recognize the discoveries at the heart of groundbreaking advancements, whether it's a revolutionary drug, an important metabolite or an incredible enzyme. See the candidates and then sign in to vote.

June 26: ASBMB webinar on NIAMS funding and training opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department in its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases will present its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Learn more and register.

July 10: Abstracts due for ASBMB 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. Present your work Sept. 26–30 at this ASBMB conference on transcriptional regulation in Alexandria, Va., just outside of the nation's capital. Submit your abstract and get a discount on registration by July 10.

July 15: Enter to win the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Scientists who were awarded their doctoral degree in 2022 or 2023 are invited to enter to win the Science & SciLifeLab Prize, which is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000, and each category winner will receive $10,000. Learn more.

July 16–17: Virtual summit on making labs sustainable

The ReAdvance initiative is hosting its annual online summit, GreenLaboratoryWork, from July 16–17. The event will feature leading experts and give attendees a comprehensive course on how to make their labs or institutions greener. Topics include: how to reduce plastic, optimizing methods, greener items and procurement, safer chemicals and health in climate change, the impact of AI and machine learning, and how to convince colleagues. Learn more.

July 17: ASBMB webinar on NINDS funding and training

Join the ASBMB public affairs department at its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities that are available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke will presents its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Learn more and register.

July 22: ASBMB webinar on remaining in the scientific workforce after time off for caregiving

This webinar, sponsored by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee, will focus on federal programs designed to support re-entry and retention in the scientific workforce after caregiving breaks. The webinar will feature researchers who have benefited from these programs and include Q&A session. Read a recent ASBMB Today article about such programs. Learn more and register.

Aug. 1: ASBMB "Molecular Motifs" bioart contest entries due

Help us celebrate the beauty of biochemistry and molecular biology by submitting your artwork to the ASBMB's "Molecular Motifs" contest! Submissions may include:

  • Photographs (fluorescence microscopy, cells, photos of 3D artworks etc.).
  • Molecular visualizations.
  • Data visualizations.
  • Biomedical illustrations.
This contest is open to all ASBMB members. Learn more and submit your artwork.

Aug. 28: ASBMB webinar on science outreach and civic engagement funding opportunities

For the August “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists, the ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee will host organizations that support broader impact efforts in community science outreach, civic engagement and informal education. They will also highlight the ASBMB's Science Outreach and Communication Grant program. Join us to discover the many ways you can get your science outreach efforts funded. Learn more and register.

Oct. 21–25: 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. 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: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The 2025 Deuel conference will be 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. The conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy an informal atmosphere that encourages discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts. Read our Q&A with the organizers. Learn more.

March 31: Free online course on career planning for early-career scientists

"Career planning for early career scientists" is a free online course by iBiology that will help participants learn valuable career planning skills. The course is open for enrollment until March 31. Learn more.

Summer 2025: Save the date for ASBMB's meeting on ferroptosis

Ferroptosis is form of cell death that integrates biochemistry and molecular biology related to iron homeostasis, redox biology and diverse aspects of metabolism. This meeting will focus on the biochemical and molecular aspects of ferroptosis and how they relate to normal homeostasis and disruptions of homeostasis. Recent exciting advances in new pathways controlling ferroptosis make a meeting on this topic timely. Attendees will meet experts, present their research, get new ideas and form new collaborations in this rapidly growing field. Stay tuned for more information.

June 26–29, 2025: ASBMB meeting on evolution and core processes in gene expression

This meeting, which will be held at Stowers Institute in Kansas City, Mo., will showcase the most recent insights into the cis-regulatory code; how cis-regulatory information is read out by transcription factors, signaling pathways and other proteins; how cellular diversity is created during development; and how we can study this problem using cutting-edge genomics technology and computational methods. Learn more.

July 10–13, 2025: ASBMB meeting on O-GlcNAcylation in health and disease

This meeting, which will be held in Durham, N.C., will cover O-GlcNAc cycling enzymes and the O-GlcNAc modification in modulating protein function in basic biological processes as well as in disease states, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological diseases. Graduate and postdocs will be selected for oral talks and discuss their work at poster sessions. 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. 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. It will also 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. 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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