About Cell Bio Virtual

Cell Bio Virtual 2021 will take place December 1-10, 2021. While we wish we could meet in person, our first priority is the health and safety of our attendees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer the same great content virtually so that all of those in our community can participate without risk. With our very first virtual meeting under our belts, we aim to focus on strengthening our virtual program to provide a stimulating and valuable experience.

ASCB meeting in San Diego, California, Saturday, December 8, 2018. 
(Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography) www.PaulSakuma.com

ASCB Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cell Bio, the joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), is an arena to showcase the brightest minds in the cell biology community. Our community encompasses researchers from diverse backgrounds, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, geographic location, institutions, career levels, and research interests. As such, we want the meeting to represent our diverse community within our sessions, speakers, and poster presenters.

To enhance our inclusive environment, we have opportunities for every attendee to get involved in some way to help shape the meeting. You can chair a Minisymposium, organize a Special Interest Subgroup or Education & Professional Development session, submit an abstract to give a talk or poster presentation, or lead a roundtable discussion.

Changes to Increase Speaker Diversity in 2021 and Beyond:

  • Blind scoring review of all abstracts for minisymposium talks. Top scoring abstracts and accompanying author demographic info are sent to minisymp co-chairs to form sessions.
  • Anyone who self-identifies as an underrepresented minority (as defined by NIH) who scores above the median score will be considered for a talk.
  • Subgroup organizers will be provided with demographic information of presenting authors listed on the abstract to help them create more diverse sessions.
  • Program committee track co-chairs can invite additional URMs to serve as a minisymposium co-chair to ensure more diversity.
  • To increase speaker diversity at the 2022 meeting, members of the Program Committee will be paired with Inclusion Buddies (who are active in DEI training and research) during the 2021 planning process. Inclusion Buddies will also lead networking roundtables at the 2021 meeting to discuss how diversity and inclusion can lead to excellence in science.