Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

Just added: Lipids webinar; in-person meeting on evolution and core processes in gene expression; Ben Barres Spotlight Awards deadline; call for submissions for science policy journal (with prizes)
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
Sept. 26, 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.

Sept. 29: ASBMB Lipid Research Division Seminar Series

The ASBMB Lipid Research Division features the work of young investigators at noon Eastern on Wednesdays. If you are interested in presenting, please contact John Burke. Register once to access the whole series.

This week's speakers and topics will be:

Shirley Tremel of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge: Structural basis for VPS34 kinase activation by Rab1 and Rab5 on membranes

Nívea Pereira De Sá of Stonybrook University: Structure and inhibition of Cryptococcus neoformans sterylglucosidase to develop antifungal agents

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 (guaranteed a decision within two weeks)
  • 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

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.

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.

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

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

Sept. 29: NIGMS lecture by Johnson about bacterial sphingolipids

Elizabeth Johnson

The National Institute for General Medical Sciences is holding its Judith H. Greenberg Early Career Investigator Lecture at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 29.

The featured speaker, Elizabeth Johnson, will give a talk via Zoom titled “Looking for Lipids in All the Right Places: Host–Microbiome Interactions​.”

Johnson, an ASBMB member, will discuss how bacterial sphingolipids affect host signaling pathways and then participate in a 30-minute Q&A session on her research and career path. Register here.

Johnson was recently selected as an Azrieli Global Scholar by CIFAR.

Sept. 30: Early registration deadline for serine proteases meeting

The virtual meeting Serine Proteases in Pericellular Proteolysis and Signaling continues the tradition of the ASBMB special symposium on membrane-anchored serine proteases with an expanded focus on other related proteases with overlapping substrates and functions in the pericellular environment.

The conference brings together the leading national and international researchers in the field of pericellular proteolysis and provides them with a forum to present their latest findings, exchange ideas and technologies, and network to form collaborations. Equally important, it also provides a venue for junior investigators at the graduate student and postdoctoral level to discuss their current research, meet with experts in the field and forge new scientific interactions crucial for their future career development.

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: Civic engagement grant deadline

We're quoting from an email we received: "Research!America is excited to announce applications are open for the Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, now in its fourth year. Microgrants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to graduate student- and postdoc-led groups in the STEM and social sciences to design projects that create dialogue with public officials, local community leaders and the public around issues of common concern. The funds provide opportunities for grantees to develop skills in communication and program planning, along with an understanding of policy and government in order to have an impact in their local areas." Learn more and apply by Oct. 4.

Oct. 4: NAS award nominations due

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. 5: Gender diversity forum

The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health is hosting a virtual forum on Oct. 5 to recognize institutions that have won the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. Here's how they describe it: "The forum will present the winners' effective, evidence-based practices and feature four panels exploring challenges and discussing ways to improve the existing career paradigm ... All prize recipients and honorable mentions have substantially contributed to systemic change aimed at addressing gender diversity and equity issues among faculty members within their institutions' biomedical and behavioral science departments." Register for the event.

Oct. 6: DOE internship applications due

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. Learn more.

Oct. 12: Apply for Ben Barres Spotlight Awards

The journal eLife let us know that they're accepting applications through Oct. 12 for their Ben Barres Spotlight Awards, now in their third year. These awards are for researchers at all career stages and "aim to help address that inequality by providing funds and visibility to researchers from groups that are underrepresented in biology and medicine or from countries with limited research funding," according to the award webpage. Applicants can apply for awards up to $6,000, which can be used however the recipients like. See past winners and learn more about the program.

Oct. 14: Becoming a science influencer

The American Association for Anatomy is offering a free webinar titled "The Power of Suggestion: How to Get and Gain Influence" on Oct. 14. Learn how to use story formulas and other techniques to increase your influence, how to measure the effects of your work, and how to set up a promotional campaign to advance your career. Learn more and register.

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: 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.

Jan. 23: Deadline for papers about STEM education and workforce

The Journal of Science Policy & Governance and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, have launched a call for papers on "Re-envisioning STEM Education and Workforce Development for the 21st Century." The journal will produce a special issue with the winning submissions. The deadline is Jan. 23. ASBMB Today contributor Adriana Bankston is the journal's CEO and managing publiusher. She told us in an email: "For the issue, we are seeking op-eds and policy position papers for re-envisioning the landscape in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and building forward a future that is focused on equity and inclusion, access to technology, and aligning training opportunities with workforce demands. First, second and third place competition winners will be awarded cash prizes." Here's the call for submissions.

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.

Evolution and core processes in gene expression

Coming to an in-person venue in the summer of 2022: The focus of this meeting is to discuss 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.

The meeting will simultaneously examine the problem from an evolutionary perspective: how cis-regulatory elements evolve, how regulatory variation affects gene expression and phenotypes, how these changes have shaped development and parallel evolution, and how noise affects regulatory circuits and their evolution.

Stay tuned for abstract and registration deadlines.

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