The mission of the ASM is to promote and advance the microbial sciences, in the United States and worldwide.
The revised travel executive order issued March 6 by President Trump aims to make America safe and protect the country from the threat of terrorism. While we are supportive of the goals to prevent terrorism, we also recognize the global challenges for which international scientific collaborations are essential, such as infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.
ASM is closely monitoring the news on immigration policy and is advocating for maintaining a global culture of science. We are concerned about the perception that the US is no longer welcoming scientists from around the world who want to work in our ecosystem of universities, government and industry that has produced countless health and environmental advances.
In addition, ASM continues to champion science diplomacy and promote international partnerships in the sciences. As a survey done by Zogby International noted, countries with low regard for the US and its policies still had high respect for US science. America’s science and technology enterprise is one of our greatest strengths, and the common language of science and the challenges we share allows for meaningful exchange between groups that are increasingly isolated.
ASM has almost 2,000 members in the six countries impacted by the ban. We want to send a strong message to them and all our dedicated members worldwide who are working to prevent and cure infectious diseases and study the role of microbes on earth and in the oceans. ASM is your professional society and a global home for your science. We recognize that diversity makes science stronger and collaboration across the globe is imperative for scientific advancements.
ASM does not participate in partisan politics and maintains strict political neutrality on issues, while being a strong advocate for science.
Susan E. Sharp, President, ASM Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO, ASM
ASM's Action Items on Immigration Policy: