Happy Summer Everyone, and I hope all our ABRF members in the USA had a restful Fourth of July weekend.
This month, I’ve been reflecting on the different ways that we can communicate as ABRF, and I want to highlight a few changes that we’ve made to our communications recently to increase transparency for all members. The first is that we’re making public a summary of each of our executive board meetings and publishing it both here in the newsletter and online in the ABRF Community. I invite everyone to look at the issues we’re reviewing as a board and follow up with either myself or our Executive Director, Ken Schoppmann, if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about what we do. The second is that we’ll be reaching out to our membership over the next few months to capture feedback on how we’re doing at achieving our current strategic plan, as well as areas you’d like us to focus as we design our plan to improve ABRF over the next few years.
One final way that we’re working to improve communication is through outreach; identifying and partnering with other societies that ABRF members already consider valuable – you may have noticed a one question poll at the beginning of our Town Halls and other online programming asking you to identify other societies you belong to. We realize that we all have other scientific priorities that ABRF can’t support alone, so the goal is to communicate between our groups to find ways that we can collaborate and enhance the quality of support you receive as members, whether it be designing a joint session spotlighting cores that we can bring to both societies’ national meetings, working on a science advocacy project, or creating new opportunities for research study participation. If you have an interest in helping create these partnerships, or an idea for a joint project, please reach out, we’d love to hear it!