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.
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.