ASCB opens program committee to volunteers

As part of its efforts to boost diversity and inclusion at its annual meeting, the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is opening its Program Committee to volunteers for the first time. In the past, committee members were selected by the Program Co-Chairs and then approved by the Executive Committee. The Program Co-Chairs were selected by the ASCB President-Elect and EMBO and approved by Council.

Regular ASCB and EMBO members are invited to apply for a two-year term on the Program Committee for the 2022 and 2023 Cell Bio Meetings, and to serve as Program Committee Chair for the 2022 meeting.

Each of the seven scientific tracks has two track chairs, for a total of 14 Program Committee members. Seven track chair are serving their second term and ASCB is now accepting applications for seven track chairs to replace the members who are rotating off the committee.

Service on the committee requires responsiveness via email, working with a Google Drive document, reviewing applications for minisymposia co-chairs, as well as participation on one or two two-hour conference calls. The committee is responsible for assisting with: 1) crafting the list of symposia topics and speakers and workshop topics and speakers and 2) selecting minisymposia co-chairs within your scientific track. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12, 2021. More information is available at

About the Author:

Thea Clarke is the Director of Communications and Education at the American Society for Cell Biology.