ASBMB? SfN? FASEB? oMG?
January 31, 2011 5:39 PM Subscribe
Are you a member of Society for Neuroscience or ASBMB or FASEB or something similar? I have a doctorate in biochemistry/pharmacology. I've completely left academia and work at a small biotech firm as a scientist. I don't want to permanently narrow my field of interest, so I thought it would be helpful to become a member of one of the science societies and/or attend some conference(s) separately from those that come up for my job. I'm having trouble deciding on what would be the most efficient and enjoyable option.
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My love in science focuses on enzyme kinetics and protein purification...these techniques are applicable to a wide variety of subjects, and happily, my job now makes good use of them. But only toward one application. I'm afraid that I will just get more and more knowledgeable about the one application I work on at work, and become less and less broadly knowledgeable about the advances in enzymology and purification, etc. So I know I need to keep on learning.
Of course, I can read journals and such on my own, and I can even attend the rare seminar at a nearby university. But I know that even as a grad student, going to a conference once in a while was a great way to expand and stretch a little. And I'm going to lose my access to journals pretty soon; I should probably subscribe to something (I do get Cell and Nature Methods for free, so that's something).
I've looked into joining ASBMB; that would be doable, but I never really loved attending that meeting. Not sure why. Society for Microbiology also looks interesting, but I have no experience with it. How does FASEB relate? So I guess I'm having trouble understanding the structure of these different societies and then, what I'm really going to get by joining one of them.
And then, I wonder, how does everyone else pick where to join? Did you join because your PI was a member, and that's how you picked? Am I going to be totally out of place as an 'industry' person?