Dear SMBE Members:
SMBE is accepting proposals to host its International Meeting in 2021. The meeting is usually held in June or July and attracts up to 1500 scientists from throughout the world. For 2021, the Society will accept proposals from *outside* North America and Europe, because the next three meetings will be held in Yokohama, Japan (2018), Manchester, UK (2019), and Quebec, Canada (2020), respectively. The successful location will need to have a main lecture hall seating all attendees for plenary lectures, plus nearby smaller rooms for parallel sessions, and space for poster viewing. It will also need to be near housing, preferably with a wide variety of housing options.
The proposals will come from a local organizing committee of scientists headed by an SMBE member. (We are not interested in proposals from conference organizing firms.) Once a location is chosen, the local planning committee will be responsible for the academic program. The Society and the local organizers will hire an international professional conference organizing firm who will work together with the local organizers to secure facilities, develop a website, and advertise the meeting. Guidelines for organizing the meeting are posted on the SMBE website, https://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEETINGS/ConferenceGuidelines.aspx.
This is a unique opportunity to host a premier international meeting in your country or near your institution. If you are interested in hosting or have questions about the meeting, please contact SMBE President-Elect Bill Martin (SMBE.firstname.lastname@example.org) to submit your short (max. one page) informal expression of interest by Nov. 23, 2017. At this early stage, we are interested in preliminary inquiries and expressions of interest. The deadline for full proposals will be April 30, 2018.