Chair, Science Research Conferences Advisory Committee
Position Description/Responsibilities


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year nominated and ending on June 30 of the third year.


  • Partners with the Director, OSMC, and SRC staff to develop and prepare for meetings and quarterly conference calls.
  • Prepare for, participate in, and preside at calls and meetings of the Science Research Conferences Advisory Committee (voting as necessary).
  • Peer-review conference applications based on the committee’s standards for quality and integrity, and determine those that are scientifically sound and demonstrate promise to be a successful addition to the portfolio.
  • Advise on organizer recruitment and on conference topics to foster collaborations that spur innovation, growth, and development in the biological and biomedical fields.
  • Provide input as needed on conference formats, activities, and ideas in support of the SRC strategic plan.
  • Serves as a voting member of FASEB's Meeting Committee


The Board seeks to include the broad diversity of the biological and biomedical sciences, but recognizes these are appointed positions through the authority of the member societies. Nonetheless, biographic and demographic diversity is important and should be considered as an overarching goal when a member society appoints its representative. The following are personal characteristics that the SRCAC Chair should have:

  • Strong interest in supporting the SRCs as the premier venue for intimate, topic-specific experiences in the biological and biomedical sciences.
  • Prior attendance at one or more scientific meetings
  • Excellent leadership and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and team building
  • Record of professional service, including active membership in a FASEB Society
  • Knowledge about and experience in biological and biomedical research or comparable experience

Time Commitment

  • Lead two calls of two to five hours in duration during application review periods; reviews are currently in March and November
  • Self-preparation time to peer-review SRC applications during review period(s); number of applications depends upon number received, usually 5-7 per reviewer
  • 1-hr Meetings Committee meetings every other month; additional meetings as necessary
  • Work in support of/preparation for Meetings Committee as needed
  • Ad hoc correspondence if needed during the year