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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.

UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.

Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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Branch Officer Toolkit



The Branch Officers Toolkit provides Branch officers with information and forms relevant to their work with ASM Branches.  



Click Here for a pdf of the information provided below (an overview of the services provided by National ASM for the Branches, the requirements for Branches to maintain good standing with ASM, and program guidelines and forms contained in the Branch Officers Toolkit) 


Branch Deadlines

Click Here for a summary of deadlines for submission of Branch reports and funding requests 


Maintaining Good Standing Status with National ASM

Only Branches in “good standing” per the ASM Constitution and By-Laws are eligible to elect Councilors to vote at ASM Council meetings.  In order to be in “good standing,” each ASM Branch is required to confirm the following on an annual basis:

  1. The Branch held at least one meeting - 
    1. Confirmed through submission of Branch Annual Report Form (Deadline Dec 31)
  2. Branch Officers (President, President-elect, Councilor and Alternate Councilor) are National ASM members -
    1. Confirmed through the submission of Annual Notification of Branch Officers Form (Deadline July 1)
  3. 25 Full ASM National members are members of the Branch - 
    1. Confirmed through process outlined in Reporting of ASM Full Members (Deadline Oct 1)


Programs and Services Provided by National ASM for the Branches

  1. Branch Funding Program - Deadline for Funding Proposals November 30
  2. American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program– Lecturers are available to speak at Branch meetings; all travel expenses for Lecturers are covered by National ASM.  
  3. Speakers' Bureau for Student Chapters - ASM members are available to speak to ASM Student Chapters about microbiology career opportunities.
  4. Online Branch Dues Collection- New and renewing Branch members can join/renew online through the ASM website
  5. Bulk Emails – Upon request, National will send bulk e-mails on behalf of individual Branches (click for Guidelines)
  6. Publicity and Other Services Provided by National for Branch Meetings
  7. Branch Logos - Logos available for use on Branch materials
  8. Advance Your Science Funding - To support collaboration across the spectrum of the microbiological sciences


Students and Postdocs

National sponsors a Student/Postdoctoral Chapter program.  Branches are encouraged to foster the formation and growth of Chapters within their regions.  Please click here for a list of ASM Chapters and information on how to start new Student/Postdoctoral Chapters


National ASM Membership

All Branch members are encouraged to join National ASM and take advantage of the many services it offers:  Advance with ASM

Link to ASM National Membership Video (for use at Branch meetings):


Please contact Anne Dempsey at ASM Headquarters ( if you need additional information on the Branch program.