What We Do

ASM International is the American Society for Microbiology's platform for science diplomacy and global outreach. We support innovation and science education by improving laboratory capacity and fostering collaboration between scientists.

Sustainable Development

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ASM International has two programs that comprise its Sustainable Development efforts. These programs advance the mission of the society, with a focus on leveraging ASM’s resources to ensure sustainable health systems strengthening where it is needed the most.  Specialized programs central to this effort include a range of capacity building and policy making endeavors, including, but limited to biosafety, clinician and microbiology mentorship strengthening programs. 

The Sustainable Development programs include:

 

Laboratory Capacity Building: Better Labs, Better Health Globally...

ASM utilizes the support of its members to provide clinical microbiology technical assistance in resource-constrained countries. More than 5,000 ASM members are clinical microbiologists with years of experience developing quality control programs, managing laboratories, instituting good laboratory practice, and training on diagnostic tools and procedures. ASM is able to rapidly engage these experts as consultants for the numerous LabCap projects that strengthen and expand clinical microbiological services, primarily through the training of laboratory staff.

 

Countries with LabCap Programs:

 


 

Global Outreach

In recognition of the significant challenges faced by scientists in resource-limited countries, ASM offers free ASM membership to qualified scientists in eligible countries. Global Outreach members are a critical component of ASM’s global knowledge network of 40,000 members and enjoy full membership benefits. Benefits include full access to ASM's 13 scientific journals as well as all other benefits associated with full ASM membership.

Although ASM memberships and subscriptions are provided at no cost, they must be renewed annually.

Eligible Countries:

Afghanistan
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Cote d'Ivoire
Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Kenya
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar

Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
Pakistan
Rwanda
Sao Tome Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Tajikistan
Togo
Uganda
Uzbekistan
United Rep. of Tanzania
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Global Engagement

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ASM International supports many programs that comprise our global engagement efforts. These programs advance the mission of the society, with a focus on fostering collaboration and partnership toward meeting the greatest challenges we share around the globe.  Specialized programs in science communication, best practices, evidence-based policy making, microbiology mentorship, lab biosafety and biorisk management are central to this effort.

The Global Engagement programs include:





Culture of Responsibility

There are many definitions of a "culture of responsibility." The ASM workshop was based on the principle that scientific research is for the benefit of the public. As such, scientists must maintain a culture that promotes awareness and thoughtful consideration of the potential consequences, good or bad, of their work.

Scientists have a responsibility to protect the public and must therefore hold themselves accountable to conduct research with mindfulness, transparency, and integrity. This workshop aims to promote a culture of responsibility by educating scientists on elements of biological safety, biosecurity, and the responsible conduct of research. 

If you would like more information about utilizing the Culture of Responsibility Workshops, please contact International Affairs.



BioResource Centers
 

Ukraine3ASM BioResource Centers provide ASM resources and onsite training to students, scientists, faculty, public health professionals and others around the globe. The Centers serve as locations for these beneficiaries to gather and connect through a shared passion for science. With ASM books, journals and online resources available at the Centers, they provide the local community with cutting-edge resources and training.  Led by local scientific leaders and in-country partners, the Centers aim to serve as a functional part of the local microbiology community.


 

 

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