Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

This week: Webinars on immune oncology, transcriptome sequencing analysis and more! Save the date: #DiscoverBMB late-breaking abstract submission begins Dec. 14.
ASBMB Today Staff
Dec. 3, 2023

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.

Dec. 4: FASEB Excellence in Science Awards deadline

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is accepting nominations for its Excellence in Science Awards, which recognize "excellence, innovation, leadership and mentorship of women whose research has contributed significantly to a particular discipline in biological science." Three scientists will be recognized at the following career stages: lifetime achievement, midcareer investigator and early-career investigator. "Women scientists who are current members of a FASEB Full Member Society are eligible for nomination." Learn more.

Dec. 4: Webinar on Ph.D.s in the private sector

During this Réseau Biotechno webinar — titled "Ph.D.s in the private sector: Whys & hows?!" — on Dec. 4, panelists will discuss how Ph.D. holders can prepare for the job market. Learn more.

Dec. 5: Webinar on optimizing personalized cancer immunotherapy manufacturing using enzymatic DNA

In this webinar, hosted by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News at 11 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 5, panelists will "discuss the application of Touchlight's doggybone DNA (dbDNA™) in the development of a neoantigen for immune oncology." Learn more.

Dec. 5: Webinar on oligonucleotide tools

At 11 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 5, Bruker is hosting a webinar titled: "Rational design of a new generation of therapeutic oligonucleotide tools." The webinar will "present new chemically modified oligonucleotide tools with the potential to tackle multifactorial disorders (among them, cancer and related drug resistance issues), while overcoming the limitations of oligonucleotide therapeutics." Learn more.

Dec. 6: Webinar on modeling aging-induced epigenetic alterations using 3D spheroids

At 10 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 6, CelVivo is hosting a webinar titled "Beyond the petri dish: Modeling aging-induced epigenetic alterations using 3D spheroids" with speaker Simone Sidoli, an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The presentation will cover "chromatin-bound proteome in aging to understand how DNA readout is misregulated in senescent cells." Learn more.

Dec. 7: Webinar on transcriptome sequencing analysis

At 8 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 7, Biomarker Technologies is hosting a webinar about transcriptome sequencing analysis. Xuan Yang, a junior bioinformatics analysis engineer at BMKGENE, will cover:

  • Basic introduction of transcriptome sequencing technologies. 
  • Transcriptome results overview.
  • Basic transcriptome analysis on BMKCloud. 
  • Personalized transcriptome analysis on BMKCloud.
Learn more.

Dec. 14: Late-breaking abstract submission opens

When you present your research at #DiscoverBMB, you get the recognition and constructive feedback that you need to make your work even better. Abstract submission provides the opportunity to:

  • Present your work — Get noticed when you share your findings at this highly regarded research forum. Practice communicating your science to audiences of varying interests and specialties.
  • Circulate your findings — Contribute to the community’s collective body of knowledge by sharing your successes and challenges.
  • Gain a competitive advantage — Get a step ahead of other job seekers by presenting your findings in front of experts and employers whose work you know and admire.
  • Find new collaborators — Forge partnerships with other scientists with shared interests.
Late-breaking abstracts will be considered for poster presentations. Posters will be scheduled for presentation on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of the meeting. Learn more.

Dec. 15: Golden Goose Award nominations deadline

The Golden Goose Award highlights "scientific studies or research that may have seemed obscure, sounded 'funny,' or for which the results were totally unforeseen at the outset, but which ultimately led, often serendipitously, to major breakthroughs that have had significant societal impact." To date, over 80 scientists have been honored. Nominations for the 2024 awards are due by Dec. 15. Learn more.

Dec. 31: Call for stories about science centers

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Association of Science and Technology Centers is seeking stories about "the way that science centers and museums ... and other organizations ... play a role in the lives or careers of individuals and are making a positive impact on local communities." Questions to consider include:

  • Did a science center or museum — or other experience with science engagement — play a formative role in your own life or career?
  • How do science centers and museums have a positive impact on your community?
  • How will the science centers and museums of the future engage all people?

Responses are accepted in the form of video, photos or text. Learn more.

Jan. 4: Webinar on NIH Summer Internship Program

The NIH's Summer Internship Program (SIP) 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." At 3 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 4, Lori Conlan of the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, will host a webinar about applying for SIP. Learn more.

Jan. 10: Deadline for Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program is administered by Universities Space Research Association with the goal of "strengthening the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce pipeline." Undergraduate and graduate-level university students pursuing STEM degrees and upper-level high school students are invited to apply for the AFRL Scholars Program. Selected students will participate in stipend-paid internship opportunities and "gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects." Learn more.

Jan. 15: Congressional policy fellowship application deadline

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy is partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to host a one-year policy fellowship on Capitol Hill. "Fellows will provide high-quality, science-based, independent guidance to federal policy makers and elevate awareness of the society among policymaking circles." Learn more.

Jan. 26: Deadline to enter Science's Dance Your Ph.D. Contest

Science's "Dance Your Ph.D. Contest" is now accepting entries! In this competition, scientists are invited to explain their research through dance. Here are the steps to enter, from Science Magazine's LinkedIn:

  1. Turn your Ph.D. thesis into a dance.
  2. Post the video on YouTube.
  3. Submit the link by Jan. 26.

There are three prizes. The first two categories come with $750 prizes and are "physics, biology, chemistry and social science" and "AI/quantum." The top prize, for "Dance Champ," is $2,000. Learn more.

Jan. 31: FASEB Catalyst Conference on liquid–liquid phase separation and inclusions of TDP-43

FASEB's Catalyst Conferences are "short, virtual meetings that are intended to help foster communities in emerging areas of biology." This is the first Catalyst Conference of 2024, and it "will bring together scientists to discuss on the many unresolved and still debated issues on TDP-43 structure, biology, misbehavior, and involvement in diseases." Learn more.

Feb. 5: 2024 Lasker Awards nomination deadline

The Lasker Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2024 Lasker Awards in biomedical research and advocacy. Prize categories include: Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research and Public Service. Winners will receive a $250,000 honorarium. "Since 1945, the Lasker Foundation has conferred more than 410 awards, which recognize the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public citizens who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease." Learn more.

Feb. 16: NIH Summer Internship Program deadline

The NIH's Summer Internship Program (SIP) 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." There will be a Q&A webinar on at 3 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 4. 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 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.

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.

2024: Lipid Research Division Seminar Series returns

The Lipid Research Division Seminar Series, hosted by the ASBMB's Lipid Research Division, features monthly presentations from young researchers highlighting their recent work in the field of lipids. The webinars start at 12 p.m. Eastern and will return in the new year. Starting in January 2024, nonmembers of the ASBMB will pay a fee to access the LRD Seminar Series. The webinars will continue to be free for ASBMB members. Learn more.

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. 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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