2018 Annual Report

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As President of ACBS, I am delighted to share an update on our activities and successes over the last year, and more importantly, the initiatives we are planning for the future. 

Looking back

There is much to celebrate and be proud of in 2018. ACBS is a remarkable organisation and our annual report is a show stopper. Here are some highlights: 

  • We are a community. We have almost 8,000 members worldwide who contribute values-based dues. We also have committees, special interest groups, and the elected board, all working as committed volunteers with passion and vision of advancing science and practice. 
  • The World Conference was in Montréal, Canada in July. It was attended by 926 people. We had a fabulous line up of international speakers, members of ACBS, and guest speakers. Best of all was the vibe as the members came together to share their vision. Did you know many key talks at our conferences are recorded? See the videos here.  
  • Our journal, JCBS, is alive and thriving. For the first time, we now have an  impact factor of 1.216. Did you know ACBS members get to read the journal for free
  • The community is vibrant with nearly 2,000 people joining in discussion on our professional listserv. Join the listservs here

Looking to the future

2019 is set to be a year of expanding our vision and opening up new opportunities. 

  • In February, the ACBS Board spent a weekend planning the 3-year strategy to galvanize our organisation and help our community thrive. Over the past few months facilitators have worked to gather the views of members and the board, working hard to turn that into strategy to guide our action. Stay tuned. 
  • In June, we'll have the World Conference in Dublin, Ireland! We all know the Irish are legendary in their hosting of events, so this isn't the conference you want to miss. 
  • ACBS Voices will be a new podcast that will share the tales and tall stories of ACBS' committee, SIG, and board activities. Episodes not to be missed. Details soon...
  • Register for new opportunities. We will be calling for applications for talented people to fill a few vacancies on our committees soon. Working on our committees is a wonderful learning and growth opportunity. Please consider getting personally and professionally involved with the mission of ACBS. Join the gang and get involved here

The organisation is growing in many ways, and you can look forward to learning more about the services we are providing throughout the year!


Louise Hayes, Ph.D.
ACBS President

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