Physarum researchers work in many different fields. Hence they attend major meetings of a very large number of professional societies. Our attendance at one or more such meetings every year affords us (as an added benefit) the opportunity to chat with other Physarum workers and catch up on matters related to the Physarum community, even though such matters may not be a major focus of the specific formal meeting we are attending. Thus we have an opportunity to "kill two birds with one stone". In fact, we can do even more because we can meet with the young scientists who are attending the formal meeting, but may not yet be aware of Physarum or the many important questions it can be used to answer. One of the most striking results of the genomics revolution is the realization that so many genes are common to so many organisms and thus many studies begun with one model system are, often due to serendipity, best pursued with another.

We recognize the need to provide some structure to the serendipitous manner in which such "added benefit" encounters occur at meetings not formally devoted to Physarum research; this section is an attempt to provide such structure. In the lower part of this page we list (and will continue to update) professional societies whose meetings one or more of our community attend on a regular (or occasional) basis. Our members are encouraged to communicate to one another - or via the membership mailing list maintained by the Webmaster - their intention to attend a particular meeting. [Researchers frequently plan such attendance at least a year in advance.] This website will call attention to meetings which some number (to be determined by the members of the Physarum community) are expected to attend. If sufficient interest is expressed (again, this is to be determined), a small "satellite" meeting will be proposed and - assuming one or two members are willing to make the arrangements - the major meeting will be preceded or followed by the "satellite" meeting. Such meetings will of course not replace the informal ones that are already occurring. They will simply constitute "value added" and may, over time, rebuild the enthusiasm for the sorts of more formal meetings mentioned in the Physarum Meetings section of this website.

Scientific Associations and Societies

American Association of Anatomists
AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology)
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Plant Biologists
Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities
Biophysical Society
British Mycological Society
British Section of the Society of Protozoologists
Cell Death Society Society
FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
International Stereoscopic Union
Keystone Symposia
Microscopy Society of America
Mycological Society of America
New York Academy of Sciences
North American Mycological Association
Optics Net - Optical Society of America
Stereoscopic Society

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