Women in Cell Biology

About the Committee

The Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee is an advocacy group for all ASCB members. It sponsors career development programs, career achievement awards, childcare grants for meeting attendance, career advice columns, and web-based resources, including a list of outstanding women scientist speakers that helps promote gender equality and diversity in the field of cell biology.

WICB 50th Anniversary Celebration


The committee organizes career development programs, networking events, and award ceremonies. Year-round, members help identify topics for career advice (“Career Navigator”) columns in the ASCB Newsletter.

Signature Programs

Speaker Referral List
WICB provides an extensive list of speakers categorized by research area to facilitate the process of choosing women and non-binary scientists as conference invitees or panel speakers. These include those who have won major awards, given Symposium talks at ASCB meetings, organized Minisymposia in their respective research areas, and those who are experts in their fields. Nominate a speaker for the Speaker Referral list by completing the nomination form. Read More
Career Discussion and Mentoring Roundtables
We welcome volunteers to lead roundtables on a broad range of topics, including Jobs in Biotech, How to Negotiate, Dual Career issues, etc. This event provides roundtable discussions on issues of importance to cell biologists in various stages of their careers. It has proven to be an excellent way to disseminate practical information on career choices, to discuss strategies for effectively developing a career, and to network with others who share career interests and concerns. Conversations are moderated by individuals who have experience in various professional areas or with particular issues.
Childcare Awards
Childcare awards, supported by Springer Nature Publishing Group, allow many more junior faculty, postdocs, and grad students who are parents to attend than would otherwise be able to.
Mentoring Theater
Satire and humor are used to highlight inept solutions to problems that scientists face: effective self-promotion, developing self-esteem, dealing with funding problems, publishing, negotiating for a job, and feeling overwhelmed. After the performance, there is a Q&A to identify effective strategies.


We welcome suggestions for topics and authors for columns. These articles from 1996 to present serve as a superb source of mentoring information.

WICB Network
The WICB Network is an alliance of ASCB members who wish to learn about, support, and perhaps participate in our various activities and initiatives. WICB Network members receive periodic emails highlighting articles related to career/life issues. If you would like to receive periodic emails from the WICB Network, please sign up here. WICB Network hosts a social event for members at the ASCB/EMBO meeting.
WICB Network Reception
Members of the WICB Network and people interested in learning more about the network and the committee’s activities–and meeting one another–are cordially invited to attend the WICB Network Reception at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. Please see the program for more details.

Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all ASCB members. All committee members join as Associate members for one or two years, with full membership contingent upon chair and Executive Committee approval. Full members serve three-year terms renewable once.

Time Commitment

Members participate in conference calls throughout the year, in a committee meeting at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting, and in WICB-organized events during the meeting. Subcommittees that organize events are active through email and conference calls during the year. Members and Associates are expected to attend WICB-organized events.

Interested in Applying?

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Staff Contact Info

Please email info@ascb.org for questions regarding the Women in Cell Biology Committee.
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“ASCB is a beacon among scientists. In my work with other scientific societies and at my university, I continually turn to the ASCB policies and approaches to equity and the intentional promotion of innovative science as a model. WICB has been my anchor in the cell biology community and at ASCB and I am a proud and lifelong member of both!” - Kirsten Sadler Edepli, New York University Abu Dhabi