American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program


The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Program (formerly known as the ASM Branch Lectureships or Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures) annually selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers to deliver lectures at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country.  Lecturers are chosen through a competitive nomination process, and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate in the program. 

The ASMDL program, funded by the American Society for Microbiology and the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, has established a tradition of scientific excellence that has made the program a mainstay of Branch programming for 50+ years.  In the last 20 years alone, ASM Distinguished Lecturers have provided over 500 lectures to thousands of Branch meeting attendees. 

An important component of the ASMDL program is its emphasis on providing opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early career scientists to interact with prominent lecturers who represent a wide range of scientific interest areas.  At Branch meetings, ASMDL Lecturers interact directly with students, postdocs, and other early career scientists in a variety of ways, including participating in informal discussions and round tables and attending and judging posters and/or oral presentations. 

The ASM Distinguished Lecturer program is administered through the Membership Services Department of ASM. 

Membership Services Department
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036 
Phone - (202) 942-9381

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The ASM Distinguished Lecturer Committee is pleased to announce its roster for the 2018-2019 program year - ASMDL Lecturers and Topics