Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
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. 15: Last-chance abstract submissions begin
- Jan. 27: Last-chance abstract submissions end
- Feb. 7: Early registration (largest discount) ends
- Feb. 8: Advance registration (smaller but still significant discount) begins
- March 18: Advance registration ends
- March 19: Regular registration begins
Dec. 14 FASEB DataWorks! Data Management Plan Challenge
Data management plans play an integral role in ensuring that data are collected, organized, stored and shared responsibly. Biomedical and biological researchers writing such plans frequently ask for examples of excellent DMPs that incorporate their data types and specific storage, access and IP requirements. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's DataWorks! Data Management Plan Challenge responds to this need and celebrates excellence in managing and sharing biomedical and biological data. Share your existing DMPs (or create a new one) that incorporate your data types and specific storage, access and IP requirements using the DMPTool for a chance to win an award, a cash prize, and an opportunity to have your DMP published in FASEB BioAdvances. Register for the webinar.
Jan. 2: AAAS mass media fellowship application due
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship has earned much praise over the years for training scientists to become professional science writers and communicators. The application period for the next 10-week summer program is Jan. 2. We strongly encourage emerging scicommers, in particular those who wish to work in newsrooms, to consider applying. Learn more about the program.
Jan. 10: Submit an abstract for the ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids
The ASBMB Deuel conference — to be held March 1–4 in Monterey, Calif. — is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators.
“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,” co-organizer Russell DeBose–Boyd told ASBMB Today.
This year's theme is "Location, location, location: How lipid trafficking impacts cell signaling and metabolism." In an interview, 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.”
The early registration deadline is Dec. 6. Abstracts are being accepted through Jan. 10. Regular registration ends Feb. 1. See the program.
Jan. 15: iBiology's Share Your Research Competition
This is an opportunity for eight early-career scientists. Here's how it works: You submit a one-minute video about your research for a general biology audience, along with your CV. If you're selected, you get to participate in iBiology's science communication course in April for free. You'll get coaching and ultimately develop a final video (20 minutes long), which will be promoted on the iBiology website as part of the Share Your Research Series. Learn more and apply. (We also want to point out that iBiology has several self-paced, free courses.)
Jan. 23: Papers about STEM education and workforce due
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.
Jan. 31 & March 31: Apply to host symposium for grad students and postdocs
The Federation of European Biochemical Societies and its partners are looking for institutions to host the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE Symposium in 2023 and in 2024 for graduate students and postdocs. Institutions interested in hosting the 2023 event must apply by Jan. 31. Those interested in hosting the 2024 event have until March 31. Note that the symposia are to be organized by the students/postdocs. Learn more.
Feb. 9: Lasker essay contest time
The Lasker Foundation will begin accepting essays for its annual contest Feb. 9. The contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences; and graduate students in public health or other health professions programs. Winners will receive up to $5,000. Monetary prizes will be directed to the winners' institutions to be used toward the winners' educational expenses. The topic will be announced in early February, and winners will be announced in early July. Learn more.
Feb. 16: Webinar on best practice for clinical relevance
The American Physiological Society, ADInstruments and InsideScientific are hosting a one-hour translational science panel discussion featuring three international researchers. It will include presentations and live Q&A that address topics for researchers who want to progress their preclinical research models into the translational and clinical sectors. Learn more.
April 26: Abstract deadline for ASBMB's O-GlcNAc meeting
This conference, to be held in person in Athens, Ga., will address the multitude of roles that the O-GlcNAc protein modification has in regulating nuclear and cytosolic proteins. It will bring together researchers from diverse fields to share their research, tools and experience in O-GlcNAc biology. The organizers are Gerald Hart and Lance Wells, both of the University of Georgia. Learn more.
July 21–24: 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.
Aug. 14–18: Mass spectrometry in the health and life sciences
This five-day conference will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful mass spectrometric technologies. The conference 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. Registration and abstract submission begins Nov. 1. Abstracts are due May 16. Learn more.
Sept. 28–Oct. 2: Epigenetic regulation and genome stability
Save the date! Most meetings on epigenetics and chromatin focus on transcription, while most meetings on genome integrity include little attention to epigenetics and chromatin. This conference in Seattle will bridge this gap to link researchers who are interested in epigenetic regulations and chromatin with those who are interested in genome integrity. Learn more.
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.
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