Washington Update

FASEB Seeks Conference Proposals by February 8

By: Brandon Corbett
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
FASEB is encouraging biological researchers to submit proposals for 2025 Science Research Conferences (SRCs) by February 8, 2024.

SRCs are four- to five-day, in-person conferences focused on established research topics and are led by recognized researchers in the life sciences. The topics can range from specialized disciplines such as B vitamins and one-carbon metabolism to broader subjects like nutritional immunology across the lifespan. SRCs feature a mix of scientific lectures and poster sessions and provide unique opportunities for early-career researchers in career development, networking, and mentoring. SRCs occur throughout the year, with attendance ranging from 100 to 200 researchers.

By submitting a proposal to organize a conference, researchers can also elevate their own career profile, institution, and scientific discipline as well as use their professional networks and knowledge of important researchers in their field to create their conference program.

“The science is always the highlight. At the last one I organized, there were more young people present, which was very inspiring,” said Ray Blind, PhD, a past organizer.

Another past organizer, Sudha Shenoy, PhD, noted, “As a scientist engaged in a specialized area of research, I realized the importance of providing an opportunity for students and [early-career] scientists to interact with top scientists in this field in a small group setting.”

To help organizers achieve their meeting goals, organizers are given a wide array of resources, including a guide, a promotional kit, online instructional videos, and tip sheets for each process before, during, and after the conference. All conferences are supported by a team of experienced meeting, development, and marketing staff to help plan, fund, and promote the conference.

“The FASEB office was instrumental in guiding us through the steps of putting together the meeting, with helpful deadlines for various activities, and was very responsive to all of our questions,” said organizer Ronen Marmorstein, PhD. “[They] also did an excellent job negotiating with potential sites to find an excellent venue for the event that worked out very well.”

Prospective organizers are encouraged to complete their 2025 conference application online and should follow the instructions. Applications submitted by the deadline will be peer-reviewed by the FASEB SRC Advisory Committee. 

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