Here we answer some popular questions about Experimental Biology 2019 and give some crucial advice on how to make the most out of the meeting if you will be attending.
What is Experimental Biology 2019?
Experimental biology 2019 is an annual meeting hosted by five societies: American Association of Anatomists (AAA), American Physiological Society (APS), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).
It is the largest interdisciplinary meeting of its kind, with scientists from across the life sciences attending. This year it is being held in Orlando (FL, USA) from April 6 – 9, and BioTechniques Managing Editor, Joseph Martin, will be attending.
What should I look out for at Experimental Biology 2019?
- Saturday, 6 April 1pm – 3pm: A symposium on “A role for professional societies in addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the sciences.” Speakers include neuroscientist BethAnn McLaughlin, who brought the #MeToo movement across into STEM. This talk will be extremely poignant and a necessary discussion of sexual harassment in the sciences that is being brought onto a wider platform. BioTechniques will be live tweeting key points and takeaways, so make sure you follow us @MyBioTechniques if you won’t be able to attend. More information about the talk can be found here.
- Saturday, 6 April 6pm – 7pm: Tang Prize Award Lecture. The winner of the 2018 Tang Prize was Brian Druker, an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (MD, USA). He will present a lecture on “Imatinib as a paradigm of targeted cancer therapies.” In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Tang Prize was established in 2012 to recognize “original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health.” The 2014 Tang Prize was won by 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine winners James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, so it’s definitely one to watch out for. More information about Experimental Biology 2019 can be found here.
- Saturday, 6 April 7pm – 8:30pm: Experimental Biology 2019 Welcome Reception. Not to be missed – a great way to network, form connections and introduce yourself to people of all career levels on the first day of the meeting. During this, there will also be an Experimental Biology 2019 science outreach activity poster session, which will feature a range of science communication and outreach programs
- Sunday, 7 April 7am – 8am: A symposium on “Career planning: no scientist left behind.” This will focus on the career progression of women in science and how to deal with career interruptions. This is just one example of an extensive list of career development workshops at Experimental Biology 2019, of which there will be at least one of relevance to all attendees.
On top of these highlighted, there are also key talks on scientific research to attend that are organized by each individual society. The full program from Experimental Biology 2019 can be found here.
How can I meet the BioTechniques team?
Good question. Our managing editor, Joseph Martin, will be attending and exhibiting at booth #942. You can either email him beforehand ([email protected]) to arrange a meeting, or stop by the booth where he will be more than happy to meet you and answer any questions. This will be a great opportunity if you have any ideas of what you’d like to see more of on BioTechniques, or if you’re thinking of submitting your manuscript. We’re listening, and we hope to meet as many of our readers as possible.