Virtual Stand Alone Conference of

The American Society of Naturalists

9-11 January 2021

We were all saddened that we were not able to gather in June, 2020 in Cleveland to talk science with our ASN, SSB, and SSE friends and colleagues. So that we can facilitate our scientific and social exchanges, The American Society of Naturalists invites graduate students, postdocs, faculty and other professionals from ecology, evolution, behavior, genetics, physiology, and associated fields to join us at the Virtual Asilomar 2021 Conference to be held on 9-11 January 2021.

This meeting will follow a similar format to our typical biannual meeting at Asilomar. A diverse array of biologists who might not normally encounter one another at various discipline-specific meetings will gather to create a public forum where undergradautes, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and other professionals can define new research directions that work towards unifying the biological sciences. Meeting participation is not restricted to ASN members, but newcomers are encouraged to join the society. We also hope that the lack of travel and expense constraints will greatly increase the participation of scientists and naturalists from around the world.

Because the program must be much more limited, we want to especially focus on engagement by undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, assistant professors, and other early career scientists in the American Society of Naturalists. We also want to use this as an opportunity to explore new types of interactions that we might be able to have in such a format.

One bright spot is that a virtual meeting will greatly reduce our meeting’s carbon footprint. This will possibly be the first or second professional society meeting that you will attend that is free, and you can sleep in your own bed each night.