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Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)

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The Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) is an incorporated society that promotes plant science in Australia, and provides professional contact within the community of teachers and researchers in the plant sciences. ASPS was founded on 19 August 1958 during an inaugural meeting at the University of Adelaide, at a time when physiological aspects of plant biology were beginning to grow rapidly within Australia.

The Society can be broadly described as:

  • A group of individuals who are deeply interested in how plants function.
  • Providing a forum for sharing of knowledge so that the membership can build both the depth and breadth of knowledge of plant functions.
  • Providing mutual support and collective mentorship.
  • Recognizing and rewarding excellence at all levels of scientific career development without fear or favour.
  • Nurturing the next generation of plant scientists.
  • Working on behalf of members to enhance their ability to do research and to educate others in plant sciences.
  • Organizing the national conference ComBio and other symposia in association with other Australian scientific societies, to facilitate the dissemination of new research.

Epigenetics Society (ES)

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The Epigenetics Society is an international scientific society open to all those interested in the epigenetics of any organism and all aspects of epigenetics, including:

  • DNA methylation
  • DNA hydroxymethylation
  • Chromatin modification
  • Chromatin higher-order-structure and remodeling
  • Non-coding RNA related to chromatin structure or DNA modification

Membership is free for scientists and students working in the field of epigenetics.

European Calcium Society (ECS)

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The European Calcium Society (ECS) is an international scientific society open to all researchers working in the Ca2+ field. The ECS was officially incorporated in Belgium as international non-profit association by Royal Decree of September 22nd, 1997. While the vast majority of its members (70%) work in a European country, 30% are based outside Europe and in particular in the USA, Canada, Central or South America, Australia, Japan, China, Korea as well as in various other countries.

The major aims of the ECS are the following:

  • To develop and sustain relationships between all scientists working in the field of Ca2+ binding, Ca2+ signaling and the study of the various proteins thereby involved (the "Ca2+ toolkit") as well as the upstream and downstream pathways, and also takes into account the researchers performing theoretical work in the field (modelling).
  • To especially encourage and support junior researchers via various incentives and to support initiatives for and by junior researchers via a “Junior Board”.
  • To bring all actors in the Ca2+ field together for presentation of their latest results and their discussion at our biennial International Meetings and our dedicated ECS Workshops.
  • To favor for all activities a bottom-up approach with extensive consultation of the members and their subsequent involvement in the realization of the activities.
  • To continuously promote the exchange of information and ideas between our members via our various communication means that include our monthly ECS e-Bulletins, ECS Newletters (2/year), our ECS website, our ECS Facebook page and our Slack ECS community channels.

European Chitin Society (EUCHIS)

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The European Chitin Society (EUCHIS; http://euchis.org) is a nonprofit association, founded on March 27, 1992, legally domiciliated in Villeurbanne (France).

The objectives of the Society are:

  • To encourage the scientific study of all aspects of chitin and related enzymes, the term chitin being understood to include chitosan and all derivates of chitin and chitosan;
  • To aid the dissemination of such studies through the organisation of symposia, workshops, congresses, or any other form of assembly, primarily in Europe;
  • To encourage and facilitate exchanges between scientists working in the field of chitin within Europe;
  • To encourage the practical application of fundamental research in the field of chitin;
  • To act as a central organisation for the standardisation of matters relating to chitin;
  • To develop links with other societies, either within Europe or abroad, having similar or related interests.

Membership is open to all scientists and students worldwide, working or interested in the field of chitin/chitosan, as defined in the statutes of the Society. EUCHIS publishes a biannual Newsletter and organizes International Chitin Conferences in Europe every two years. Student members are supported with travel grants. Young scientists are eligible—on a competitive basis—for the Braconnot Prize, awarded for excellence in research.

Signal Transduction Society (STS)

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The Signal Transduction Society (STS) was established in 1998 in Germany and is a non-profit organization that provides an interdisciplinary forum for scientists with an interest in signal transduction processes in cells and organisms.

Since 2010, the STS acknowledges outstanding individuals for their ground-breaking contributions in deciphering signalling pathways in normal and diseased cells by awarding the STS Honorary Medal. In 2017 the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) became the co-sponsor of the medal. The STS also supports the early work of young investigators by providing travel stipends and poster prizes, and rewards the achievements of young post docs or principal investigators with the “STS Science Award”.

Spanish Society for Cell Biology (SEBC)

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The Spanish Society for Cell Biology (SEBC) was founded in 1984 and it currently includes over 350 members. It was initially established as a scientific association to coordinate research and formative activities in the field of Cell Biology.

Its main objectives are:

  • To promote and foster the field of Cell Biology in Spain;
  • To facilitate scientific collaborations and sharing of knowledge among cell biologists internationally;
  • To be a representative intermediate between the SEBC and national and international agencies and organizations;
  • To make research and innovation in Cell Biology accessible to the general Society and to be a communications channel to interact with other scientific societies and interest groups;
  • To organize scientific meetings, workshops, formative activities, seminars, and conferences that could contribute to a better impact of Cell Biology in scientific fields and to an improved dissemination of knowledge.

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