With our symposia series, the ASBMB seeks to provide an opportunity for specific or underrepresented scientific communities to present unique, cutting-edge science mixed with active networking opportunities.
About ASBMB symposia
ASBMB symposia strive to achieve a well-respected reputation among the society’s membership and within the larger scientific community based on the quality of organizers, presenters and scientific programming, as well as providing an excellent overall attendee experience. Meeting attendees typically consist of investigators at all career levels, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, junior and senior faculty, and industry professionals.
These meetings focus on creating a nurturing environment for our future scientists, with opportunities for students and young investigators to highlight their work on a scale not traditionally available in many other national meetings.
A typical meeting program runs two full and two half days, e.g.:
- Thursday: attendee arrivals and an opening lecture/session in the evening.
- Friday and Saturday: oral and posters sessions. One afternoon of free time is recommended.
- Sunday: a morning session concluding by noon and attendee departures.
Ten invited speakers whose name recognition will help attract volunteered abstract submissions serve to anchor a typical program. To encourage and support scientists and scholars at all stages of their careers, the majority of the talks are selected from volunteered abstracts.
Planning a symposium
Planning a symposium is a collaborative endeavor, with the symposium organizers and the ASBMB meetings office contributing their respective expertise to the process. Each stakeholder has responsibilities that contribute to the symposium's success.
Symposium organizers are responsible for designing the program, inviting speakers, recruiting volunteered abstracts and registrants, and raising supplemental funds to offset meeting-related expenses not typically covered in the registration fees, such as poster awards, receptions or other organized activities.
The ASBMB will guide the planning process and provide full meeting management services to include accounting, site selection, logistics (preplanning and on-site), marketing and communications, and hosting of the registration and abstract submission systems and meeting website.
The ASBMB will cover costs related to the proposal solicitation, venue site preparation, speaker travel expenses and other costs associated with initiating the meeting. The ASBMB will set the registration fees in order to recover all expenses associated with the meeting.
The ASBMB symposium organizer guidelines, provided to organizers when a proposal is approved, expand upon the roles and responsibilities of each party.
Contact the ASBMB meetings department for more information.