Global Engagement


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:

  1. Goals
  2. Approach
  3. Accomplishments
  4. Support

Global Engagement Goals Include:

  • Advance ASM's Mission through global networks
  • Share microbiological knowledge globally
  • Promote collaboration among sister societies

Global Engagement's approach includes:

  • Fostering the expansion of Bio Resource Centers as centers for training and resources by providing both access to ASM educational and scientific resources and linkages to ASM partners
  • Promoting Partner collaborations by bridging the organizational affiliations of multiple partners and ASM to maximize coordination of international efforts to optimize resource leveraging

Global Engagement Successes:

  • 28 Bio Resource Centers established
  • 1 Culture of Responsibility Workshop completed
  • 300+ representational & scientific networking events globally
  • 100+ Ambassadors and young leaders in science sponsored

Culture of Responsibility

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.

BioResource Centers

Ukraine3ASM 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.

  1. Beneficiaries
  2. Partnership
  3. Support

Beneficiaries include anyone with a need for ASM resources and training in microbiology and related professional development:

  • Students: Students will have access to a wealth of information, materials, references and resources to complement what is available through their universities. The Center will also serve as a resource for career connections and opportunities.
  • Faculty: Faculty will have access to educational and professional development materials. They may also utilize the Center as an alternative classroom room outside of a university setting, and as a way to connect with other like-minded educators to advance microbiology education.
  • Laboratorians: Laboratorians can use the Center as a centralized venue to house and access training materials on laboratory best practices and biosafety. The Center will also serve as a venue to attend and implement workshops on professional development.
  • Policy-makers: Policy-makers can use the Center as a resource to review materials and identify experts that enable them to understand the importance and relevance of microbiology in today’s challenges, both global and local.

The development and implementation of the Center will be realized through partnership between ASM and the host community. Both parties will communicate regularly in order to ensure that the Center is serving as a functional part of the host community. The host institution must be able to provide three key components for the Center:

  • Appropriate space that is secure, accessible and conducive to the intent
  • A management structure and volunteer leaders to maintain the Center
  • Utilities and internet connection

ASM will provide:

  • Materials and resources
  • Organizational support
  • Coordination and content for onsite training activities