I have not, until this point, used this blog space to muse about some current event. As mentioned in the previous blog, I do wish to post more regularly, if for nothing more than to maintain my position on Mr Farmilo’s links to colleagues blog (see The Wog Blog left). So for this little blog update I’d like to consider, what is an ESA membership worth?
For me, the answer is $25 annually (or $27 something when you factor the international credit card charge). In a more philosophical sense, the answer is something like… it’s worth [cannot define], as becoming part of a professional society that facilitates interactions with the leaders in your field is something something……$25! So, as of a couple of weeks ago I am now a student member of the Ecological Society of ……….. America.
So I’ve been an Ecological Society of Australia member for the past 5 years and have appreciated all the benefits that are associated with membership. From receiving a copy of Austral Ecology every couple of months to the weekly email bulletin updating me on recent news and current affairs. Recently, I was scrolling around the ESA (America) web site to collect information regarding publishing a manuscript I’m preparing in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment when I stumbled across their membership section. I saw the price of student membership and said, “if the benefits you get out of this society are as good as the Australian version (and presumably better considering the size of the ecological community in the states) then, for the price of two pints of craft beer, this is definitely worth it”.
In terms of what you get for your 25 big ones [copied from; www.esa.org/member_services]
- Networking opportunities and contacts with 10,000 professional ecologists worldwide through the online ESA Membership Directory, Section and Chapter activities, and through the Annual Meeting and other conferences.
- Complimentary print and online subscription to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a world-class journal of interdisciplinary science for scientists, researchers, resource managers, policy-makers and educators.
- Substantial cost savings on registration for the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting that draws more than 3,000 professional ecologists from around the world.
- Member-only subscriptions to the Society’s well respected and highly cited scientific journals – Ecology, Ecological Applications, and Ecological Monographs – which provide the latest peer-reviewed research worldwide.
- Significantly lower application fees for those applying for ESA professional certification.
- Member-only subscription to the ESA JSTOR Electronic Archive, which includes back issues of all ESA titles published prior to 1997, plus back issues of British Ecological Society journals.
- Representation in the policy arena: ESA ensures that ecological science informs national policy decisions and works to garner federal support for ecological research. ESA also works with national and international media to convey ecological research results to the general public.
- Opportunity to join any of the Society’s six regional chapters or twenty-five subject-based sections.
- Discounted subscription rates to Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, published by the American Society of Agronomy. (Contact Rebecca Polk at firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.)
- ESA Members can receive a special $5.00 discount on subscriptions to Solutions, a nonprofit online and print publication. Go to www.thesolutionsjournal.com/subscribe and enter the code ESA2010 at checkout.
In this increasingly connected society we live in, becoming part of a broader network is an obvious move. Also, in order to progress your scientific career you may want to present aspects of your research at international conferences or try and get a post-doc position in the states. Not that an ESA membership is a ticket to those things, but if definitely doesn’t look bad. Apologies if this read a bit too much like an ad, just thought it was worth informing about this bargain deal.