CESSE Membership

Value of CESSE Membership

CESSE is your dependable source for learning, relationship building, and benchmarking as a scientific and engineering society professional. We focus on forging deep connections within our community, compared to growth for growth's sake. 


Peer-to-Peer Connections

CESSE members connectionsOne of the trademark benefits available to you as a CESSE member is the opportunity to build strong relationships with other people who do the same type of work as you do within a sister society. 

  • Finance and human resource professionals can interact with others who are similarly charged with legal, financial, and talent concerns. 
  • Meetings professionals can exchange creative content and format ideas for building on the knowledge of their members. 
  • All members have the opportunity to build their own "kitchen cabinets" of savvy professionals who share expertise and passion around their profession.

Lively Online Communities

CESSE members have a longstanding tradition of sharing practices and solutions through CESSE online communities. Members can post questions or contribute to topics in a trusting online environment.

  • 10 special interest groups (SIG) organized by professional function
  • Periodic conversation circles that address today's trending topics and casual happy hours that will help you expand your network

Annual Conferences

CESSE produces two conferences annually that are specific to the challenges facing our members. Members drive the educational program development for both the CESSE CEO Meeting and for ACCESSE, resulting in content uniquely tailored to our community. Each CESSE program qualifies for CAE and CMP credits.

  • The CESSE CEO Meeting, held annually in February, is designed exclusively for CESSE’s CEOs and executive directors.   
  • ACCESSE combines leadership, immersive experiential learning, and expertise in managing engineering and scientific associations. It is a two-day conference in July where staff leaders of STEM societies get new perspectives, develop new ideas, and connect with CESSE's greatest resource—the CESSE members and partners. 


CESSE hosts informational webinars from a wide range of relevant topics throughout the year. Webinars are presented by STEM society experts who share their own experiences and knowledge to the CESSE community.

Benchmarking Surveys

laptop with surveysCESSE produces two benchmarking surveys to provide member societies with comparative data on how their practices compare with other member organizations. Surveys are available free of charge to CESSE members who participate.

  • Every year, CESSE conducts a CESSE Member Compensation Survey of compensation practices organized by job functions across member societies. Non-participating member societies can obtain a copy for $250. 

  • Every two years, CESSE conducts a CESSE Operating Ratio Survey to compare a variety of cost factors across member societies and serves as a valuable tool for budgeting and forecasting trends in operating expenses. 

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We're About Trust

The keyword that comes up again and again at CESSE is trust. Our community members meet through our hallmark events and continue the conversations well beyond. Whether you are looking for a sounding board to help you work through a challenge, tips and advice on industry practices, or referrals to other people who have a solution you can use, CESSE is here to be, or become, your professional network of choice.

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