The BioTechniques guide to ASCB/EMBO 2019

Written by Tristan Free

We take a look at the upcoming ASCB|EMBO 2019 (07—11 December, Washington DC, MD, USA), examining what to look forward to and how to meet our team, as well as answering some frequently asked questions about the conference.

What is ASCB|EMBO 2019?

ASCB|EMBO 2019 is the annual meeting meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization. This meeting delves into one of the fundamental foundations of biology: cell biology. With a host of sessions covering the newest topics in cell biology and many opportunities for career development, it’s not one to miss!

What to look forward to at ASCB|EMBO 2019?

Professional Development Programming: Saturday, 7 December, 10.15am—1.30pm

This session is preceded by a mentoring keynote presentation (8.00am—9.00am) from David Asai, Senior Director for Science Education at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (MD, USA), addressing the mismatch effect, how it is being misused and how it could be adjusted. The session itself will look at the various levels of career development, from undergraduates through to postdocs and publishing, attempting to provide attendees with a clear path to becoming an independent investigator.

Copying the Genome in Eukaryotic Cells: Insights into the Evolution of Origin Specification and its Relationship to Gene Silencing Mechanisms: Saturday, 7 December 4:30—6:00pm

This Keynote presentation from the Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Bruce Stillman, should provide a fascinating insight into the world of gene silencing mechanisms.

Subgroup R: Tools and Devices for Cell Biology: Saturday 7, December, 12.30—1.30pm

An essential subgroup meeting for any BioTechniques reader, this session will highlight the cutting-edge tools and devices that can manipulate physical force within cells at the behest of the investigator. Aimed at researchers from a multitude of fields, such as, cell biology, nanotechnology, materials science, chemical biology, chemical and biomedical engineering, computational biology and synthetic biology, this should be an all encompassing look at the latest tech in the field of cell biology.

E.E. Just Award Lecture: Cato Laurencin: Sunday, 8 December, 11.00am—12.00am

Here, the recipient of the E.E Just Award, presented by the Minorities Affairs Committee to memorialize early 20th-century biologist E.E. Just and to recognize outstanding scientific achievement by an underrepresented minority scientist, Cato Laurencin (University of Connecticut) will discuss regenerative engineering of complex musculoskeletal tissues.

Minisymposium 7: From Stem Cells to Organoid Biology: Monday, 9 December, 4:15—6:50pm

A rapidly expanding and increasingly vital area of cell biology, organiod and stem cell biology will be given a thorough examination in this minisymposium which will cover topics such as the modelling of human skeletal muscle development in vivo and the regenerative landscape of intestinal organoids.

How can I meet the BioTechniques team?

BioTechniques Managing Editor, Joseph Martin, and Digital Editor, Tristan Free, will both be present at ASCB|EMBO 2019 and are excited to meet as many BioTechniques authors and readers as possible.

If you’re looking to publish, or for an opportunity to communicate your research to a wider audience, email [email protected] to arrange a meeting, or stop by booth #320 to find out more. We are always on the lookout for new collaborations and contributions to our numerous multimedia offerings on the website.

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions

Where is ASCB|EMBO 2019?

ASCB|EMBO 2019 will take place in Washington DC (MD, USA) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from 07-11 December 2019.

When is the registration deadline and cost for ASCB|EMBO 2019?

The deadline for early registration has passed, but regular registration is available online and onsite throughout the conference.

Prices for registration vary but can be seen below:

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What is included in the ASCB|EMBO 2019 registration fee?

  • All scientific sessions
  • Access to the exhibit and poster halls
  • Daily morning and afternoon refreshment breaks in the exhibit hall
  • Complimentary wireless internet access in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center lobby areas and meeting rooms (excluding the Exhibit Hall)
  • Free educational resources

And much, much more.

Is there childcare at ASCB|EMBO 2019?

There are grants available to cover the costs of childcare whilst at the conference for ASCB members or member applicants.

How can I get in touch with the ASCB|EMBO 2019 team?

For General enquiries, contact [email protected]

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