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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
ASM 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.