CONTACT: Jim Sliwa
WASHINGTON, DC – August 19, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces that starting in 2016 the Society will co-locate its two major annual meetings, the General Meeting and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). The first co-located GM /ICAAC will be held June 2016 in Boston.
“We are very excited about the opportunities a co-located meeting will provide for our membership and the larger scientific community. I want to thank all who have been involved in this initiative to date and I was happy to see the broad support for this notion among the community that we have received to date.” says ASM President Tim Donohue.
For over 100 years, ASM has delivered exceptional education through a variety of creative learning environments – the most notable being the GM and ICAAC. These two events have become the premier meetings for their respective audiences, with the GM having a primary focus on basic research and ICAAC highlighting infectious disease research. However, in recent years the field of microbiology has undergone significant change and many of the most important discoveries are occurring at intersections between disciplines. There has been an increased emphasis on transdisciplinary teams of investigators to meet and explore the wide array of technology, science and clinical disciplines associated with bench to bedside science.
The co-location is the result of a task Force convened by the ASM Meetings Board to investigate the future of ICAAC. The task force determined that having an inclusive meeting would not only create excitement around the field and offer a true interdisciplinary experience, but also reduce the burden of budget and time constraints for participants and exhibitors who attend both meetings.
‘This new format provides a forum unlike any other in our field,’ says Meetings Board Chair David Hooper. “While each meeting will continue to offer their respective high-quality scientific sessions, the overlapping days will provide the opportunity to introduce transdisciplinary science that addresses the full range of microbiology from basic science to translational and clinical application. This enhanced scope of scientific sessions will allow for increased interaction among colleagues, resulting in increased potential for collaboration and communication across the scientific spectrum.”
In addition, new opportunities will be available for expanding the breadth of products and services offered on the Exhibit Hall floor.
With many aspects of the meeting still in the planning stages, the Society wants to ensure that it continues to meets the needs of meeting attendees, and is seeking input on scientific content and meetings logistics, says Hooper.
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The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.