ASCB holds successful virtual education meeting

On May 30 ASCB held its first-ever virtual meeting for educators. Originally scheduled as a regional, in-person event at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA, it was switched to an online event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting featured two plenary talks, four workshops, and several lunch discussion groups. About 122 educators around the United States participated. Although the meeting was not recorded in its entirety, presenter slides are available to view at

The virtual format was popular with attendees, many of whom said they would have been unable to attend in person, and the ASCB Education Committee will take this into consideration when it plans additional meetings in the future.

ASCB thanks the 2020 meeting organizers—Susan Walsh, Soka University of America; Andrea Nicholas, University of California, Irvine; and Joel Abraham, California State University Fullerton—and meeting sponsors SimBio and miniPCR.

About the Author:

Thea Clarke is the Director of Communications and Education at the American Society for Cell Biology.