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ASCB and EMBO Joint Statement on Inclusiveness and International Cooperation

Life science, like all science, is an international enterprise that relies on scientists in and from countries around the world. The upcoming 2017 first joint ASCB | EMBO meeting highlights the importance of inclusiveness and of the exchange of information and ideas beyond national boundaries.

As ASCB and EMBO prepare for our joint Meeting in Philadelphia this December, we were saddened to see the hate-filled violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and the validation of the perpetrators of that violence by President Trump in the days that followed.

Rights and privileges should not be based on skin color or religion. We know that diversity in thought, background, and world view is critical to good science. Now, as our values of equality and diversity are threatened, we reiterate our commitment to welcoming and including all attendees regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or home.

Click the links below to view a letter and statements demonstrating ASCB’s stance on the importance of inclusiveness and international cooperation in science.

Letter from ASCB Leadership to Members on February 1, 2017

The recent action by the Trump Administration to limit entry into the United States by Muslims from seven countries goes against key values embodied by our Society: inclusiveness and the understanding that scientific excellence requires a collaborative international community. Indeed, many of us are immigrants to the United States. Read More >>>

ASCB Statement on Trump Administration Immigration Executive Order

The ASCB strongly condemns President Trump’s Executive Order that prohibits entry into the United States by Muslims from seven countries. We also applaud the rulings by two federal courts that place stays on the sections of the Executive Order that extend to those already granted legal permanent residence or immigrant status. Read More >>>

ASCB Statement on Second Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

The Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, by the Trump Administration that bans travel into the United States by residents of six predominantly Muslim countries maintains the same basic flaws found in the Administration’s first attempt to restrict entry into the country. In both cases, the decision to deny entry into the U.S. is based solely on nationality. Read More >>>