Newswise — The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and 52 other leading academic and professional societies announced the creation the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM at a panel discussion during the AAAS Annual Meeting on February 15, 2019.


“Professional societies have a responsibility to address sexual harassment. We must ensure that all individuals who want to be part of the scientific enterprise are able to do so in a space that is safe and welcoming,” said Erika Shugart, CEO of ASCB. She is also a member of the Consortium’s Executive Committee.


Along with the ASCB, other founding members of the Consortium include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).


The Consortium will make research- and evidence-based resources for addressing issues of sexual harassment to other professional organizations. These resources will include model policies and procedures to use to combat issues of harassment, including policies for meeting and awards and honors. Each of the 53 member groups will contribute to the development of the model policies.


ASCB is an inclusive community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the workforce.


The full list of Consortium members are:




53 Inaugural Member Organizations

Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health

Acoustical Society of America

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association for Anatomy

American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association for Dental Research

American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Astronomical Society

American Chemical Society

American Educational Research Association

American Geophysical Union

American Institute of Physics

American Mathematical Society

American Meteorological Society

American Physical Society

American Physiological Society

American Psychological Association

American Society of Agronomy

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Microbiology

American Society of Plant Biologists

American Statistical Association

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of Pathology Chairs

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology

Association for Women in Science

Computing Research Association

Council of Medical Specialty Societies

Crop Science Society of America

Entomological Society of America

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Geological Society of America

Human Biology Association

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Food Technologists

International Primatological Society

Mathematical Association of America

National Association of Science Writers

The Optical Society

Society for Computers in Psychology

Society of General Internal Medicine

Society for Neuroscience

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society of Surgical Chairs

Society of Systematic Biologists

Society for Text and Discourse

Soil Science Society of America

The Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society