International Affairs

About the Committee

Participants at the International Exchange Fair at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting

The International Affairs Committee (IAC) serves ASCB’s members based outside the U.S.  and non-U.S. citizens living in the United States and enhances their engagement in the Society. Its aim is to promote global scientific exchange, contribute to capacity building in cell biology worldwide, transcend the complex political issues facing the world today, and set an example of productive cooperation, sharing ideas, and moving forward creatively.

Committee Members
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The IAC develops programs to recruit new international members and to promote retention and engagement of the Society’s international members. The committee works with the other standing committees on initiatives to support transitioning and young career scientists. The committee sponsors country-specific sessions, international research programs, and a training exchange fair at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting.

Signature Programs

  • ASCB|EMBO Meeting Programs
    • International Research and Training Exchange Fair
    • Sessions on topics such as funding
  • Co-sponsorship of Workshops and International Meetings
    • 2018 São Paulo School for Advanced Science in Cell Biology – SPCELL
    • 2014 APOCB Congress — 7th Asia-Pacific Organization for Cell Biology Congress (Singapore)
    • 2014 Joint Meeting with IFCB in Philadelphia
  • Promotion of Resources and Programs for Non-US Scientists
    • International Funding and Education Opportunities
    • Dues for Members from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Member Criteria

Committee members should bring their experiences as scientists in their country to the committee and keep it informed about issues of concern to the international scientific community. Committee membership is open to postdocs and regular members. Full members serve three-year terms, renewable once. New members must serve one year as Associate members before being considered as full members. Committee members should be prepared to help organize, participate in, and/or attend committee events and programs.

Committee Resources

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Time Commitment

Members participate in three one-hour-long conference calls annually, and one meeting held during the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. In addition to the meeting and calls, members should be prepared to commit at least an hour each month to committee duties.

Interested in Applying?

ASCB members interested in applying to join the International Affairs Committee should submit a CV and a statement of interest, which will ideally include ideas for setting up regional networks. Applications are considered in the fall. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

The next deadline to apply for the committee is September 24, 2019.

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Staff Contact Info

Brian Theil, Membership Director