It is clear that in Computational Biology there are certain organisations, societies and the like, global and regional, that intend to cater the needs for conferences, networking and scientific exchange, proper of any scientific community.
However, the benefits of joining a society are still elusive. In an American setting it seems that there is this culture of supporting your own community by joining your society. In Europe it does not seem to have any value attached in one's CV to belong or form part of a society, other than anecdotal. Other regions in the world may be somewhere in between.
I would like to ask people what they think their perception of belonging to a professional society is, whether this should be something that should be encouraged in settings where this is not so valued and what their expectations are.