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Get ready to submit to BioImages 2016

BioImages annual juried competition will open for submissions March 1, 2016. BioImages showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Start preparing your images to submit.  Learn more

BCA Announces New EFFE BIOCOMM Educational Grant Opportunity

BCA has developed a new grant to support educational opportunities and enable members to attend the annual BIOCOMM meeting. This award is intended to enhance proficiency in public speaking, foster writing skills, and defray cost for members who are partially funded or do not receive any funding to attend BCA educational conferences.

Total funding will not exceed the cost of registration, accommodations and transportation up to $2,000.00. The number of awards made will depend on the quality of the applications received and determined by the EFFE committee and approved by the Executive Committee.

To qualify the applicant must be a member of BCA for a minimum of 3 years, submit an abstract to present at BIOCOMM 2016 and the abstract accepted by the Director of Conferences. In addition, the applicant will submit an article for the BCA News or the Journal of Biocommunication (JBC) or create instructional content for the BCA website. Assistance in preparing a presentation or writing an article is available as needed by contacting the EFFE chair.

More information about the BIOCOMM Educational Grant.

The deadline for submission is: January 15, 2016. The conference abstract and submission procedure can be downloaded here.

For questions contact EFFE Chair, Danielle Edwards, BAppSc Honors, BA, RBI, FAIMBI, FIPT, FBCA.

BCA Fall Webinar

Mark your calendars for the BCA 2015 Fall Webinar “Using Video to Reach Your Audience” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1 pm (EDT).


We are happy to announce BIOCOMM 2016 will be held in the “Big Easy” – New Orleans, Louisiana, June 20–24, 2016.

BioImages 2015 Award Winners

The BioCommunications Association is proud to announce the award winners from the BioImages 2015 competition. The BIOCOMM 2015 Opening Reception and BioImages Salon was held June 22 in Santa Fe, NM.

BCA YouTube Channel

The BCA now has a YouTube channel featuring educational videos on photographic techniques. Learn more

Spring Webinar

Join us on May 27 for the Spring 2015 Webinar, "Indecent Exposure 2 – On Location" presented by Jason Candlin. Two years ago Jason presented a webinar on studio lighting and standardizing. This will be a sequel of sorts as he will be talking about handheld flash on location and standardizing. Learn more

BCA News Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 edition of the BCA news is now online.


If you are going to ask your employer to pick up the tab for any conference, you need to make a good case for attending. Remember, it's not about YOU. It's about what's in it for your boss and what they gain by sending you to BIOCOMM 2015. Read more

EFFE Grants Applications Deadline April 23, 2015

The Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE) Committee of the BCA urges you to get your grant applications in for review by the committee. Requests for funding of a variety of projects will be considered. If you have a good idea but have limited or no resources, apply to EFFE. BCA wants to support worthwhile projects, so there is no time to waste. Grant applications close on April 23, 2015.

A condition of EFFE funding is that we ask recipients to share their findings with the membership of BCA, either as a journal article or as conference presentation - perhaps both. This provides the applicant with another opportunity to participate more broadly in BCA.

Submission guidelines and project examples are available via the EFFE Grants web page.

Preliminary information for BIOCOMM 2015

Preliminary details now available for the 85th annual meeting of the BCA, June 22-26, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

BIOCOMM 2015 Poster Session

Not sure you are comfortable giving a talk or leading a workshop, but have something of interest to share? Consider creating a poster for BIOCOMM’s first poster session.

Maybe you have designed hundreds of posters for medical or scientific conferences and wish that, just once, the content would be about a subject of interest to you and your peers. Have you worked out an interesting solution to a photographic or software problem and wish to share the results? Have you have created an amazing image and wish to share how you did it? Possibly you have seen too many unsightly posters and would like to remedy that by submitting a poster detailing the dos and don’ts of good poster design.

The poster session will be held at BIOCOMM 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Monday, June 22, 2015 during the Opening Reception. Plan on hanging your poster 30 minutes prior to the Opening Reception if you will be attending BIOCOMM, though you need not attend in order submit a poster.

The first step for submission is to fill out an abstract form, checking the box for a poster. Fill out an abstract form for each poster you wish to present and submit the form as instructed on the form.

Posters can be no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches, readable from approximately 3 feet. Title, authors and affiliations should be at the top. A short discussion of the problem presented, methods, data (if any), solutions and/or conclusions should be included, as well as acknowledgments and applicable references, and images. Pins or clips for hanging will be provided.

Membership Renewal for 2015

It’s time once again to renew your BCA membership. 85 years ago members gathered at Yale University to start this wonderful organization. Please take the time to read about some of the association highlights upcoming for 2015 and fill out the interactive membership form.

BIOCOMM 2015 Call for Abstracts

Please consider giving a talk, participating in InfoShare or running a workshop at BIOCOMM 2015. Download and fill out the Call for Abstracts PDF form to participate.

BioImages 2015

BioImages annual juried competition will open for submissions March 1, 2015. Entries fees have changed for 2015, making it more cost effective to submit multiple works and thus more chances to win. Read more

Journal of Biocommunication will soon be open access!

We are pleased to announce that The Journal of Biocommunication will be moving to an open access platform with Volume 40, Issue 1. This means that all articles published by AMI, BCA and ABCD in the JBC will be freely available to read, download and share. Open access literature means that we will continue to provide the same excellent peer-reviewed content, but we will be removing access barriers and it will be digital, online, free of charge, and free of many copyright and licensing restrictions, made possible by the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. This new platform will be included in PMC, meaning that citations will appear and be searchable within PubMed.

JBC remains dedicated to serving as a showcase of biocommunication techniques; describing proven and experimental procedures in medical art and illustration, print, photography, film, television, computer, multimedia systems, and other communication modalities applied in the health sciences. Archived content will also be made available on an open access basis.

We thank the JBC readers and contributors for their patience during this transition and continue to welcome your article submissions and feedback. Please support this open access initiative by spreading the word within your institutions and organizations.

Thanks to the JBC association editors and management board members for their commitment to making this important new initiative possible.

Tips, Talks and Techniques

Three new articles have been added to the Tips, Talks and Techniques section of the BCA website.

BCA News Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of the BCA news is now online.

Save the Date for BIOCOMM 2015

The 85th Annual Meeting of the BioCommunications Association will be June 22-26, 2015 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More details coming soon.

BCA in the news

Two news stories reported on the BIOCOMM 2014 meeting in Rochester, MN.

Biocommunicators seek to raise awareness of their field

World renowned UK photographer teaches photo to help Paws and Claws

View the BioImages Award Winners

The BioCommunications Association is proud to present the award winners from the BioImages competition shown at BIOCOMM 2014 in Rochester, MN.

BIOCOMM 2014 Group Photo

View the group photo from BIOCOMM 2014 taken on the steps of the Mayo Clinic.

JBC Volume 39, Number 3

Issue 39:3 of the Journal of Biocommunication is now available in the Members Only section of the BCA website.

BCA news Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of the BCA news is now online.

BioImages 2014 Deadline Extended!

Online submissions for BioImages has been extended to March 31. Don't delay, enter today!

Best of Show, is awarded The Crystal Award and a $350 US cash prize.

March 17 Webinar

Join us on March 17 at 1:00 pm EST for Studio Still-Life: Lighting Off Piste! presented by Paul Crompton and Amy Lake.

Submit Your Images to BioImages 2014

Start preparing your images to submit to BioImages 2014, the annual juried salon for the BioCommunications Association. BioImages showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Online submissions will be accepted between March 1-24, 2014.

View last years winners on the Gallery page of the BCA website.

JBC Volume 39, Number 2

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Biocommunication issue 39:2 has launched and is available in the Members Only section of the BCA website.

BIOCOMM 2014 – Share the Knowledge

he BioCommunications Association proudly announces the dates and location for BIOCOMM 2014 – Share the Knowledge. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 23 through Friday, July 25 with the post-meeting photo workshop scheduled for July 26–27.

The BCA meeting will be held at the DoubleTree hotel in Rochester, Minnesota with the Mayo Clinic just steps away from the hotel. The BIOCOMM committee is hard at work to put together another great meeting, working closely with AMI and ABCD who will be meeting concurrently that week. The associations will be sharing some programs and BIOCOMM attendees will be able to partake in some of the AMI workshops on Wednesday, July 23.

BCA fall webinar Nov 25 at 1 PM (EST)

Have you lost control in the studio? Join us on Mon, Nov 25 for "Indecent Exposure", a free webinar sponsored by the BCA.

EFFE 2013 Award Recipients

The BCA announces the 2013 recipients of their Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE) grants and scholarship.

JBC Volume 39, Number 1

The Journal of Biocommunication Volume 39, Number 1 is now available online through the Members Only web page.

Didn't make it to BIOCOMM 2013?

Select sessions from BIOCOMM 2013 were streamed live online and recorded. See what you missed.

Photos from BIOCOMM 2013

View group photo and daily slideshows from BIOCOMM 2013.

BioImages 2013 Award Winners and Salon

BioImages is an annual visual media competition that showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Award winners were revealed last night at the opening reception of BIOCOMM 2013.

Can't make it to BIOCOMM2013?

Select sessions from BIOCOMM 2013 will be streamed live online. Participate in Show Us Your Stuff, InfoShare, BCA Business Meeting, and the Friday Roundtable Discussion. No registration is required.

More information

Learn from the Experts

Learn from the Experts is a new feature on the BCA website that highlights 10 images and interviews of BCA members. Learn how each image was created and then read an interview with the photographer. This is part of a multi-phase project that involves participation from BCA members and showcases the diversity and expertise of BCA members.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting will be held July 7-13, 2013 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

BCA news Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 edition of the BCA news is now online.



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About BCA

The BioCommunications Association, or BCA, is an international professional association of people working in the biological communications field. BCA wants to assist you in maximizing your success using images to communicate. With educational resources, programs, materials and a network of colleagues able to offer advice and support, BCA is equipped to address your professional needs. If you are concerned with effective visual communication in the life sciences and medicine, there is a place for you in the BCA.