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The Meetings Committee plans and coordinates NPA-sponsored meetings and seminars.

This committee interacts with all NPA committees, officers, and staff to develop programmatic content for all NPA-sponsored meetings and works with the Outreach and Resource Development Committees to help advertise the meetings. This committee offers an opportunity to network with postdocs and administrators from institutions across the country. It also provides a great way to develop management and organizational skills. There are many small tasks on this committee if your availability is limited. The Annual Meeting is the showcase event of the NPA. Join us to help keep the meetings vibrant!


  • Identify and announce venues for NPA-sponsored meetings, including Annual and Regional Meetings and seminars.
  • Develop agendas and programmatic content for meetings.
  • Convene a fundraising team to secure sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for meetings.
  • Convene teams to solicit and recommend travel and service awards.
  • Consult with staff and the Finance Committee to establish budgets for meetings.
  • Consult with Outreach Committee to market/advertise meetings.
  • Complete post-meeting functions, including evaluation and debriefing activities.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meet Our Meetings Committee Leaders

NadjaGrobeBWNadja Grobe, Ph.D.
Meetings Committee Co-Chair

Nadja Grobe obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in biochemistry from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She worked four years as research scholar at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. In 2010, she accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, OH. She has been supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows and is currently a research assistant professor at WSU. She has participated in several institutional, regional and national committees and is the founder and president of the postdoctoral association at WSU. Grobe has a strong commitment and dedication to science, postdoctoral issues and the mission of the NPA. She has been an involved with the NPA Meetings Committee (new member/networking, travel award and fundraising subcommittees) for the past three years, and is a member of the NPA Advocacy Committee.

Jana StoneBWJana Stone, Ph.D.
Meetings Committee Co-Chair

Jana Stone obtained her bachelor's degree in microbiology from Indiana University and her doctoral degree in genetics & molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), her research focused on DNA replication and mutagenesis. While there she was a member of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly Steering Committee and the NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair Planning Committee. In 2011, Stone transitioned from research to academic administration, taking the position of Scientific Coordinator at the Duke Center for Systems Biology. In this position, she managed education and outreach programs, grant preparation, program evaluation, and communications. Stone is now the founding Manager of the Office of Postdoctoral Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is concentrating on programming and policies to enhance the postdoctoral training experience.


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