The major objectives of the International Affairs Committee are to serve ASCB’s international members and enhance their engagement in the Society, to reach out to international colleagues to promote international scientific exchange, to contribute to building capacity in cell biology worldwide, to transcend the complex political issues facing the world today, and to set an example of how to cooperate productively, sharing ideas, and creatively moving forward.
International Affairs Committee Roundtable
The International Affairs Committee (IAC) Roundtable is held annually on the first day of the ASCB Annual Meeting. Its goals are to:
- Foster interactions between the U.S. and international attendees
- Discuss science and policy issues of significance for international attendees
Members of the IAC and ASCB Council facilitate discussions. Participants include international and U.S. students and postdocs. Lunch is provided.
Launched in 2010, this fair is held at the ASCB Annual Meeting. Its goal is to enable attendees to learn about research, training, and other opportunities in countries around the world. It will encourage students and postdocs to think about possibilities in foreign countries and help open up exchanges between labs in various countries that could work together through collaboration. Tables are set up displaying information from various region/continents around the world. Representatives are in attendance at each table to answer questions.
Free, on-demand lectures: Many universities/colleges have limited access to high profile leaders in biological research. iBioSeminars strives to fill this void by providing high quality full-length lectures available via web streaming or download and completely free-of-charge. The companion series, iBioMagazine, is a quarterly video magazine with short talks on the practice of science. The goal is to add 15-20 iBioSeminars per year and about 40 iBioMagazine talks per year.
Targeting a broad audience: iBioSeminars start with an extended introduction, making them accessible to non-specialists and students, and then progress to cover current research. Senior scientists and students can view and enjoy these lectures.
Education: iBioSeminars are being used by undergraduate and graduate teachers to augment their classroom material. An education component is on the website (including lecture notes, questions/answers, and short video clips for teaching).
International communication: iBioSeminars have viewers in 145 countries and are being internally promoted in several countries as an educational tool and scientific resource. A subtitle and translation project is in progress. Twenty-seven iBioMagazine talks are available with English and Spanish subtitles and nineteen iBioSeminars talks have English subtitles. Thanks to a collaboration with the Fundacion Ecoscience Chile, these talks will begin to be available with Spanish subtitles in late 2011.
Goodwill: Lecturers generously donate their time to prepare these lectures. The project, largely funded by NSF and HHMI, is a grassroots effort with time invested by several individuals at UCSF, HHMI, and ASCB.