Professional development —
it’s not just for grad students

Published April 01 2019

ASBMB Each year, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites top researchers from around the world to inspire the next generation of scientific discoveries with their talks at the ASBMB annual meeting.

This year, I offer a challenge to all annual meeting attendees: Step away from the science and take time to invigorate your professional life outside the lab.

Career development

The ASBMB 2019 annual meeting has career development for researchers at all career stages. In addition to the grad student/postdoc career development sessions and the undergraduate speed-networking opportunities, we will focus on “Transitions at the Mid-Career Point.” These talks, highlighting career transitions in teaching, industry and university leadership, will help midcareer faculty think about their next professional steps.

Science communication

Writing a grant to fund your research? Emailing a member of Congress to advocate for funding? Talking to your neighbor about your work? These are all moments when you need science communication skills. One secret to good communication is creating a compelling narrative about your science through storytelling. In our interactive workshop “Storytelling and the art of giving a great presentation,” experienced science storytellers share strategies to help you think about your research in a new way to engage and excite your audience.

At the end, we open the floor to let you share your science story.

Want to see science communicators in action? This year, we are hosting the inaugural Science in a Flash communication contest. This event features 10 speakers, each of whom will share their science in just four minutes with only one slide. In addition to distilling their research down to its essence, presenters must work to eliminate scientific jargon so that their presentation is understood by specialists and non specialists alike. The audience will play a major role in selecting winners, so join us and vote for your favorite.


After being inspired by the work presented in the science outreach poster session, join us to learn strategies to take your science beyond the bench and into the public sphere. In the “Transforming science research into science outreach” workshop, speakers will talk about how they successfully translated their research into outreach and engagement programs. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have time to pitch your ideas to our panelists and the audience to get feedback on how to take your science to the public.


Looking for inspiration to shake up your teaching practices? Start with the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture; 2019 award winner Neil Garg will talk about how he made Chem 14D, an organic chemistry class, into one of UCLA’s most popular undergraduate courses.

After the award lecture, the education spotlight sessions will help you explore biochemistry and molecular biology teaching in the lab and in the lecture hall.




Workshop / Alternate Funding: Driving Philanthropic Support for Basic Science
5:30–7 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W205A
  EB Welcome Reception with Science Outreach Poster Session
7–8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6
Convention Center Valencia Ballroom ABCD
Transitions at the Mid-Career Point
9:30–11:30 a.m. Monday, April 8
Convention Center W306AB
  Advocacy Town Hall Meeting
12:15–1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W307CD
Micro-learning hub / How to Develop a Comprehensive Job-Search Strategy
Part 1: 3:30–4:30 p.m. Monday April 8
Part 2: 9–9:30 a.m. Tuesday April 9
EB Career Central
  Workshop / Transforming Science Research into Science Outreach
5:30–7 p.m. Monday, April 8
Convention Center W307CD
Workshop / Navigating Difficult Conversations
5:30–7 p.m. Monday, April 8
Convention Center W306AB




Constructing your Elevator Pitch
1:15–2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 6
Convention Center W306AB
  Using Large Sets of Data with Students
10 a.m.–noon Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W306B
Workshop / Storytelling and the Art of Giving a Great Presentation
5:30–7 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W207B
  ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education Lecture
“How organic chemistry became one of UCLA’s most popular classes” — Neil Garg, UCLA
3–4 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Valencia Ballroom A
Micro-learning hub / How to Get Started with Science Writing and Build a Portfolio
3–3:30 p.m. Monday, April 8
EB Career Central
  Exploring Biochemistry Teaching and Learning
4:15–5:15 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W305A
ASBMB Student Flash Talk Science Communication Competition and Reception
7–8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8
Rosen Centre Grand Ballroom C
  Workshop / Integrating Research into the Classroom: Developing an Engaging CURE with Big Data
5:30–7 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Convention Center W306AB
    Exploring Experimentation in Biochemistry Lab and Non-Lab Settings
2:30–3:45 p.m. Monday, April 8
Convention Center W306AB
Danielle Snowflack Danielle Snowflack is the director of education, professional development and outreach for the ASBMB. Follow her on Twitter.