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professional societies to take advantage of their vast connections that allow them to survey a wide range of individuals in a given discipline.

Collaborations. The moderator and conference participants asked the panel what collaborations exist across societies and whether and how societies exchange information about what efforts are the most successful. The presenters described the following examples of collaborations:

•   SACNAS has established a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to develop leaders among postdocs, early-career scientists, and mid-career scientists. The selected scholars participate in a week-long seminar in Washington, D.C., meeting with leaders in numerous areas of the sciences and biomedicine.

•   The ASM has some collaborations, though they are still small. They sponsor a session on microbiology at the SACNAS annual meeting and at the Beta-Kappa-Chi annual meeting.

•   ACS also collaborates with some allied societies, mainly through annual meetings as well.

The presenters expressed a shared desire that more information exchange take place regarding best practices, and they agreed that it would be very beneficial to have targeted funding to support such exchanges.

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