About the International Affairs Committee

The goal of the International Affairs Committee (IAC) is to serve ASCB’s international members based abroad and foreign nationals living in the United States and enhance their engagement in the Society, as well as to promote international scientific exchange, contribute to building capacity in cell biology worldwide, transcend the complex political issues facing the world today, and set an example of how to cooperate productively, sharing ideas, and moving forward creatively.



Current Opportunities for ASCB Postdocs and Graduate StudentsEvents at the ASCB Annual MeetingInternational funding and education opportunitiesYear-Round Opportunities for International MembersIAC Past ActivitiesInternational MeetingsContact Us/Get Involved
São Paulo School for Advanced Science in Cell Biology
March 3-13, 2018 – São Paulo, Brazil

Events at the ASCB Annual Meeting


The IAC Roundtable

ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, Sunday, December 4, 2016. (Photo by Paul Sakuma Photography) www.paulsakuma.com

This popular program fosters interactions between U.S. and international attendees and gives them a platform to discuss science and policy issues of special significance for international attendees. Members of the IAC and ASCB Council facilitate discussions over lunch. Participants include international and U.S. graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

International Research and Training Exchange Fair

Held on the first evening during the opening reception, its goal is to enable attendees to learn about research, training, and other opportunities in countries around the world, as well as to learn about IAC activities.

For more information about research, training, and other opportunities around the world click here

Fogarty Int’l Center at NIH
Hong Kong
Human Frontier Science Program
International Congress of Cell Biology
Israel Feinberg
Israel Feinberg Students
South Korea
United Arab Emirates

International Funding Sessions

These sessions highlight cell biology research, education, scientific publication activities, and funding opportunities from international organizations. Sessions attract attendees who wish to explore employment opportunities and establish collaborative efforts internationally.

Year-Round Opportunities for International Members


Early Career Meeting Grants

Early Career Meeting Grants enable ASCB international postdocs and graduate students to team up with colleagues and organize a scientific meeting. This is a great way to advance your career.

International Funding Opportunities

Additional International Funding Opportunities:

Fogarty international funding opportunities

Foundation Directory Online

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Office of International Science and Engineering

SPCell Workshop

Share international funding opportunities with your peers.


 Professional Development Opportunities


International Events Calendar

IAC Past Activities


Ghana Workshops supported by the World Bank

Members of ASCB and IAC worked with the University of Ghana to create the Annual Cell Biology workshop that took place in June/July 2013. Additionally, they introduced new graduate programs, including the MPhil and the PhD in Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases. IAC members taught some modules for these new graduate programs and mentored students.


African Workshops supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

ASCB obtained a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York that supported courses on cell biology in East and West Africa. Courses occurred in in Tanzania and Ghana, where members of the Society and colleagues partnered with African universities to provide two weeks of intensive instruction in aspects of cell biology for about 25 young African scientists in each course. Courses focused on protozoan pathogens, Plasmodium that causes malaria and Trypanosoma that causes sleeping sickness, as well as general cell biology, and were taught at medical schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Accra, Ghana. Another course taught in Morogoro in Tanzania focused on “one health,” a key idea in African health work, where animal and human medicines are treated as one and as joint motivators for basic and clinical research. In Kumasi, Ghana, the course focused on both malaria and cancer. The goal of all these courses was to help Africans who are currently young instructors teach their own students about modern cell biology, using web-based resources and other material that can help to enrich whatever textbook material is available. The course faculties also worked to develop teaching lab exercises that were informative, interesting, and inexpensive, so students from the ASCB course could use similar material in their own teaching.


Textbook Donation

In 2008, IAC collected superseded textbooks and shipped them to universities in Egypt with the help of the US Embassy in Cairo. The project resulted in the distribution of hundreds of texts to 13 additional African countries, with the help of our Embassies in those countries. Publishers donated textbooks that were shipped to countries in need and distributed to the universities.


Initiatives in India, Turkey and South America

IAC arranged for funding from India to allow ASCB members the opportunity to travel there and participate in co-teaching and other opportunities. Similar program were also arranged for Turkey, South America, and Sudan, at the University of Khartoum.

International Meetings

IAC has helped cosponsor two successful international meetings, with international partners, each focused on an exciting topic in cell biology:

  • 2014 APOCB Congress — 7th Asia-Pacific Organization for Cell Biology Congress (Singapore)
  • 2014 Joint Meeting with IFCB in Philadelphia
  • 2007 Joint ASCB-European Cytoskeleton Forum Summer Meeting on “Dynamic Interplay Between Cytoskeletal and Membrane Systems” (France)
  • 2009 Joint ASCB-RIKEN CDB-Japanese Society for Cell Biology Meeting on “Building the Body: How Cell Adhesion, Signaling, and Cytoskeletal Regulation Shape Morphogenesis” (Japan)

We have also developed criteria for future international cosponsored meetings, which balance the need to be fiscally conservative by emphasizing the possibility of working with partners with significant financial resources.

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