Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

Just added: Yale symposium for postdocs interested in faculty careers, survey about mouse diets, call for stories about improving STEM education and a cancer immunotherapy webinar by MIT
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
Aug. 22, 2021

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.

GSA seminar series on gene function across organisms

The Genetics Society of America is hosting a free series of seminars through November exploring gene function across humans and model organisms. GSA's president, Hugo Bellen, explained the impetus for this series in an op-ed in May. He wrote, in part, "We believe that these seminars will be useful to investigators at all career stages and across different model organisms, as well as for human biologists. We hope this will add a new dimension to research, reveal unanticipated phenotypes, speed up discovery, allow new funding opportunities, and lead to the discovery of new fundamental aspects of biology." Below is the schedule of seminars. See the speakers and register here.

Aug. 23 — MARRVEL: Mining genetic and genomic data across model organisms and human

Sept. 20 — Mining model organism data in the Alliance of Genome Resources Portal

Oct. 4 — Monarch Initiative: Cross-species phenotype comparison for disease diagnosis and discovery

Nov. 1 — Unraveling the links between hereditary and viral microcephaly

Aug. 31: FASEB BioArt contest entries due

Every year, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology holds a competition featuring stellar scientific images and videos. Submissions are welcome from federally funded investigators/groups and members of constituent societies. Read the guidelines. Submissions are welcome beginning July 15. See past winning images.

Aug. 31: Apply to participate in Yale symposium for postdocs

Yale University's Intersections Science Fellows Symposium showcases the work of mid- to late-stage postdocs from diverse backgrounds in the life sciences and provides opportunities for them to network with hiring institutions and receive one-on-one mentoring and professional development. The next symposium will be Nov. 1–3. To apply to present your work and participate, complete an application by Aug. 31. Learn more.

Important 2022 ASBMB Annual Meeting deadlines

The ASBMB annual meeting will be held in person in Philadelphia in April. Here are the deadlines you need to know.


  • Sept. 15: Early registration (largest discount) begins
  • Feb. 7: Early registration ends
  • Feb. 8: Advance registration (smaller but still significant discount) begins
  • March 18: Advance registration ends
  • March 19: Regular registration begins


  • Sept. 15: Regular submissions begin
  • Oct. 15: Deadline for ASBMB’s fast-track program (need link)
  • Nov. 30: Regular submissions end
  • Dec. 15: Last-chance submissions begin
  • Jan. 27: Last-chance submissions end

Travel awards

  • Sept. 15: Applications now accepted
  • Dec. 7: Deadline for applications

Sept. 17: Free immunotherapy symposium by MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is hosting a virtual symposium on cancer immunotherapy Sept. 17. Here's an excerpt from the event website: "While checkpoint blockade therapy has demonstrated that the immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer, the next generation of treatments will require us to understand what causes resistance in nonresponders, how this can be overcome, and how these issues are best addressed clinically. Discussing these questions will be at the core of this symposium as we move toward our ultimate goal to increase the number of patients benefiting from immunotherapy." Register.


Sept. 24: Complete survey about mouse diets

The American Society for Nutrition has an eight-question survey that could be of interest to some of our members. Here's how ASN described the effort: "Updates of the AIN-93 reference diets for rodents must be based on robust scientific evidence. We need experts in the field to contribute to this effort by advising us of research that reports data indicative of potential inadequacies in the composition of the diets. Please participate by addressing the questions in the survey and also submitting your summaries, reference list, and/or other considerations in the space provided at the end of the survey." Take the survey.

Sept. 30: Take 15 minutes to transform STEM learning

100Kin10 is looking for young people, ages 13-29, to share their experiences about pre-K-12 STEM learning for a new national effort called the unCommission. This work will uplift stories of STEM learning — both the joyful moments and the challenges — to help our country's decisionmakers better understand how the pre-K-12 STEM experience needs to change to better serve all students. 100Kin10 is especially interested in hearing from Black, Latinx, Native American and other communities often excluded from STEM, including white and Asian youth in high poverty and rural schools, students with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ+ and girls. Share your story here by submitting a quick video, audio recording, or written reflection. Sharing your experience will take no more than 15 minutes and requires no preparation, but it will have the potential to transform STEM learning. Plus, storytellers will be entered into a raffle to win a prize. Learn more.

Sept. 30: NIH Stadtman applications due

Stadtman investigators at the National Institutes of Health hold tenure-track positions in the agency's intramural research program. The program website says it encourages applications from doctoral-level researchers in any field relevant to the NIH mission. See how to apply.

Save the date: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The ASBMB Deuel conference 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 meeting will be held March 1–4 in Monterey, Calif.

“We'd love to bring in people who might not have cut their teeth in the lipid metabolism field but have found their way to studying lipids. In many cases, that's where you get the most exciting, unusual and off-the-wall presentations, and that can spark collaborations that may have otherwise not have happened,” explains co-organizer Russell DeBose-Boyd.

This year's theme is "Location, location, location: How lipid trafficking impacts cell signaling and metabolism."

Co-organizer Arun Radhakrishnan explains it this way: “In recent years, we have begun to gain deep insights into the mechanisms of lipid trafficking. We thought it would be great to have a meeting focusing on that aspect and what those what these new insights are telling us about cell signaling and metabolism.”

Abstracts will be accepted starting Sept. 1. See the program and learn more.

Oct. 1: Immunology essay contest deadline

Michelson Philanthropies and Science/AAAS have a new prize for researchers (35 years old and under) doing "transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery." To apply, write a 1,000-word essay about your work. The winning essay will be published in Science, and the writer will get $30,000. Learn more.

Oct. 4: Deadline for NAS award nominations

The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for its annual awards. The nominations are due in October, winners will be announced in January, and the ceremony will be held in April. See the list of available awards. Read the nominating instructions.

Oct. 6: Deadline for DOE internship applications

The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications through Oct. 6 from undergraduate students and new grads interested in interning at one of the agency's 17 participating labs in the spring. Participants conduct research under the supervision of DOE researchers and engineers in support of the agency's mission. Learn more.

Oct. 6–9: Emerging roles of the nucleolus

This unique meeting will bring together scientists who focus on nucleolar structure and function, but with diverse research perspectives and approaches, to facilitate a wide-ranging discussion and an in-depth exploration of the subject from many angles. The topics addressed will range in scope from basic biology to human disease, including the biophysical properties of this organelle, cancer prognosis and treatments, and reproduction.

The abstract deadline has been extended to Aug. 31. Learn more.

Oct. 24–29: SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science will hold its national meeting Oct. 25–29 online. Registration opens Aug. 2, and SACNAS members get discounts. See what's on the agenda.

Oct. 30: Deadline to apply for PALM fellowship

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network is accepting applications from postdocs and faculty members who wish to learn about and get better at implementing evidence-based active learning. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fellows and mentors will participate virtually. Learn more.

Dec. 1: Deadline for HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is accepting applications from underrepresented scientists for its Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Up to 25 fellows will win grants for postdoctoral training and will be eligible for continued funding as they begin their independent careers. Learn about eligibility and application materials.

Who among you loves tweeting about lipids?

The ASBMB's Journal of Lipid Research invites graduate students, postdocs and early-career investigators to take over the JLR Twitter account (@jlipidres) for a day apiece to talk about their favorite lipids. To express interest, fill out the JLR #LipidTakeover application. Also, the ASBMB Lipid Research Division just started its own Twitter feed. Check it out at @AsbmbLrd.

Call for virtual scientific event proposals

The ASBMB provides members with a virtual platform to share scientific research and accomplishments and to discuss emerging topics and technologies with the BMB community.

The ASBMB will manage the technical aspects, market the event to tens of thousands of contacts and present the digital event live to a remote audience. Additional tools such as polling, Q&A, breakout rooms and post event Twitter chats may be used to facilitate maximum engagement.

Seminars are typically one to two hours long. A workshop or conference might be longer and even span several days.

Prospective organizers may submit proposals at any time. Decisions are usually made within four to six weeks. 

Propose an event.

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