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Why Become an ABRF Member?

Access to your Peers

Gain valuable knowledge and promote your services with increased access to your peers.  

ABRF members stay active throughout the year in a variety of ways, including:

Joining an Interest Network or becoming involved in a Research Group!  Work side-by-side with your peers to create RG studies or get involved with some of the activities occurring within our larger Interest Networks such as technology-focused educational resources and publications,

Participating in the ABRF Discussion Forum and CAN-CC Administration Discussion Forum,

Coming to the Annual Meeting (for which members enjoy discounted registration and eligibility for travel awards),

Using the Core MarketPlace, where the scientific community can advertise the expertise that resides in core facilities around the world (and ABRF members rise to the top of the search results).

Access to Career Development

Support and advance your career, scientific expertise, and business skills through abrf professional development opportunies.

Active participation within the ABRF develops one's professional career via multiple networking venues and avails members of leadership opportunities within the association.  

 

ABRF membership promotes the professional development of its members by:

  • Publishing technology focused Research Group studies and administrative white papers,
  • Running technology- and administration-focused workshops, for which members receive a discounted registration,
  • Advertising job openings online, allowing employers to post and job-seekers to search for top core facility employment opportunities throughout the world, 
  • Hosting a FASEB job fair at the annual meeting,
  • Coming soon:  Publishing a new Consulting Bureau, where ABRF members who are open to consulting opportunities (e.g., site visits, external review boards, technology mentoring) can be listed,
  • Coming soon:  Connecting mentors and mentees, so that those early or even later in their core facility careers can find counsel in self-identified members open to offering advice.

“So I’m a Core Director!  Now what?”

Core Directors, what you need to know:  

  • Check out our Core Administrators Network page for useful resources such as the administration sessions at the Annual Meeting, and full recordings of the 2015 ABRF-NIH workshop on Enhancing Efficiency of Research Core Facilities.
  • Sign up now for our next business skills 2-day course focused on core operations and administration.

Access to the Meeting

ABRF members enjoy significant registration discounts for the Annual Meeting and Satellite Workshops.  Check here to for more information on our current offerings

Coming Soon:  Beginning shortly after our 2016 Annual Meeting, ABRF members will also have exclusive access to recorded content from selected sessions year round!

Access to Advocacy

Stay informed and have an active voice in affecting science policy:  ABRF is a member society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and members play an important role in science advocacy and funding policies.  Although mostly relevant to our American members, issues such as these affect the entire research enterprise and are particularly germane to the ABRF membership.

FASEB’s Public Affairs: Progress toward Strategic Goals (4th Quarter 2016)

The ABRF’s relationship with FASEB benefits our membership by:

 Helping to educate scientists about how to get their messages out to let the world know about the importance of science.

  • Keeping the ABRF membership informed of issues that are coming up, when there is still time to debate changes.
  • Helping to educate legislative representatives about the importance of science and maintaining scientific funding at a sustainable level.
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with leaders in the National Instituted of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal funding agencies regarding funding and other issues that are important to scientists.
  • Advocating for well-written scientific policy and strong funding of science, including instrumentation grants (in the USA).
  • Providing informed opinions when asked by the NIH and NSF with regard to changes in funding formulas and other issues.  

ABRF involvement at FASEB:

  • Play an active role on top-level FASEB leadership and organizational committees, sharing an equal vote with scientists from other FASEB societies,
  • Actively participate in the annual Capitol Hill day to advocate sustainable scientific funding from Congress,
  • Increase ABRF’s cross-networking with similar leaders in other FASEB societies
  • Help FASEB to enhance participation of minorities in societies through the MARC program, and to support women in science through the Excellence in Science Award for a prominent woman scientist.
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