Provide Your Feedback on the Co-location Recommendation

Dear Colleagues:

Recently, the ASM Meetings Board developed a strategic plan which included goals for educational opportunities. These goals emphasized the need for creative learning environments; attracting and enhancing international participation; and interaction among the global community of multidisciplinary scientists. When evaluating these goals against the independent successes of both General Meeting and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), it was determined that while each possesses some element of these criteria, true innovation may be achieved in a more unified approach. Hence, the concept of co-locating the General Meeting and ICAAC was born. Co-locating is defined as hosting flanking meetings and overlapping days in one location.

A Task Force met in April at ASM Headquarters and explored the possibilities of co-location. There was a strong consensus to support co-location based on the following:

    • A co-located meeting would create excitement and awareness around the vast spectrum of microbiology research
    • Bringing together the two meetings on flanking days with overlapping days would enhance the potential for trans-disciplinary science by supporting collaboration and exploration that would encompass the full range of microbiology from basic science to translation and application. The popular programming structure of the General Meeting would be retained and would indeed be enhanced by the additional programming for and participation by ICAAC
    • A co-located meeting would create a unified Society forum for the full range of ASM members
    • In a time of considerable budget and time constraints, there would be reduced financial and personal burden for the microbiology scientist

At this point, the time of year for the meeting is undetermined; however, we are considering the initial year of co-location to be 2016.

We hope you will be able to complete a brief survey to provide your feedback on the co-location recommendation, as well as the timing for the meeting. The survey is 12 questions long and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Here is a link to the survey: 

Thank you for your feedback!


David Hooper
Chair, ASM Meetings Board