ASCB adds topical tracks to meeting


Beginning this year, the American Society for Cell Biology will organize all the sessions and subgroups for Cell Bio 2020-an ASCB|EMBO Meeting by seven scientifically themed tracks plus one track on education and professional development. Abstract submissions will open the week of June 8, 2020.

Some folks may be wondering, why the change?

“Modern cell biology covers basic scientific inquiries such as cellular dynamics and cellular and subcellular structure, but it does not stop there,” said ASCB CEO Erika Shugart. “Cell biology also includes elements of the physical sciences and engineering, genetics and genomics, diagnostics and therapeutics, computational sciences, and more. We believe the tracks help capture all the aspects of the discipline of cell biology.”

These tracks also allow organizers to more clearly delineate what their session is about and for meeting attendees to enhance their meeting experience by integrating areas of individual interest. It will make it easier for attendees to find the sessions most relevant to them and to create a personalized meeting.

“These tracks are designed to help you find your niche within the vast world of cell biology, but to also showcase the increasingly diverse research specialties in science and innovation within the community,” Shugart explained.

Within each track, meeting attendees will find symposia, minisymposia, special interest subgroups, poster teasers (formerly microsymposia), poster presentations, networking opportunities, and other content that all ties back to the theme. In a sense, for Cell Bio 2020, we are offering a meeting designed by you and for you!

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Mary Spiro is ASCB's Science Writer and Social Media Manager.