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Bullet events · Aug 06, 2020

Building Resilient Scientific Societies - Open Discussion on Member Engagement in the COVID Era

AIBS has announced a new webinar, Building Resilient Scientific Societies: Open Discussion on Member Engagement in the COVID Era, which will take place August 27, 2020 at 1:00pm ET.

August 27, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern (this program will be recorded)

Robert Gropp, Executive Director, AIBS

Who can attend:
AIBS Council Representatives, Elected Leadership, or Staff of AIBS and NSCA member organizations.

This meeting is an open discussion for representatives of AIBS member societies and organizations to discuss their successes and challenges with member engagement. While challenges arising from COVID will be discussed, member engagement is something that all professional organizations must continually evaluate. Bring your questions, models, concerns, and hopes to this open discussion.

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused significant economic and operational disruptions for scientific societies and science-serving organizations. Some of the effects of the pandemic will be relatively short-lived, but other impacts will influence the sustainability and operations of scientific societies for years to come.

While some organizations may withstand economic losses from meeting cancellations, they may not weather the effects of reduced revenue from journal subscriptions or member dues. Other organizations are struggling to retain engagement from volunteer leadership and to ensure that future leaders are prepared to guide organizations through increasingly tumultuous times. Some professional communities are trying to understand how to retain global engagement during a period of restricted travel. These are but a few of the significant issues facing scientific society leaders.

A common challenge for all organizations is a lack of good information and best practices for how to navigate catastrophic disruptions.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) invites representatives of its member societies and organizations to join colleagues in a series of virtual Council Meetings with presentations and facilitated discussions that will empower the leadership of biology serving organizations to guide their societies through this chaotic period.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying factors that lead to resiliency
  • Meeting planning in an era of uncertainty
  • Financial planning and reserve management
  • Membership engagement
  • Leadership development and recruitment
  • Operating virtually
  • Cultivating and supporting organizational leadership<
  • Risk mitigation through collaboration
  • Finding the silver linings

These discussions are an opportunity for leaders of scientific societies and organizations to share concerns, identify best practices, and exchange resources. These programs will also help AIBS better serve and advocate for our members.

The program will be recorded and made available to AIBS Council Representatives who are unable to participate in the live program.

Future programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Discussions and recommendations from these programs will help inform the agenda for the December 9-10, 2020 AIBS Council Meeting, Strengthening the Bioeconomy.