Last week the International Society for Stem Cell Biology meeting took place in Stockholm, and next week is the turn of the Society for Developmental Biology meeting, in Utah. However, an annual meeting is not the only thing that a society may do. Other activities can include, for example, the publication of a peer-reviewed journal, advocacy for science funding, outreach/and or education of the public and its members, or the creation of networking opportunities. Are all of these useful? Do they play a role in your decision to become a member of a society? This month we are asking:
What is the role that scholarly societies play or should play in the community, and how important are they?
Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below! You can comment anonymously if you prefer. We are also collating answers on social media via this Storify. And if you have any ideas for future questions please drop us an email!