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Combined Call for Proposals:
Innovation in Action Sessions, Posters and Workshops

Submission deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT
Notification of proposal acceptance or decline: November 2015
March 4 - 6, 2016
Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, MI
 

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Background

The 2016 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Meetings Committee is seeking proposals for (a) Innovation in Action sessions, (b) poster presentations, (c) 60-minute workshops, and (d) 90-minute workshops to be included in the 2016 Annual Meeting that will:

  • provide unique training and professional development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral associations (PDAs), and postdoctoral offices (PDOs);
  • share ideas, problems, resources, solutions, best practices, and success stories with the postdoc community; and
  • encourage networking among meeting attendees.

We strongly encourage postdocs, PDAs, and PDOs to submit a proposal, as this is the only meeting that provides a voice for them at the national level.


A proposal may be submitted for more than one type of session as long as it meets the requirements for each venue. If you submit a proposal to be considered for multiple session types, you will be asked to rank your order of preference, since your proposal will be selected for only one. A single presenter/author is allowed no more than two proposal submissions.


Proposals will be selected via a blind review process that rates the strength of the proposal in the following areas:

  • Alignment with the goals of the Annual Meeting;
  • Relevance to NPA members and to the mission of the NPA;
  • Completeness of proposal requirements;
  • Innovation and novelty; and
  • Format of the session (for both workshops and Innovation in Action sessions, engagement of participants and session interaction are strongly encouraged and will be considered during the review and selection process).

A list of suggested topics and past examples is available to help your prepare your proposal. Here you can find an example of an abstract that was accepted for the 2015 Annual Meeting.


NPA Annual Meeting Goals

  • Provide a forum for exchange between the NPA and its membership, with respect to policies, programs, best practices, and collaborative efforts among institutions, industry, societies, and organizations.
  • Foster leadership and skills development skills for prospective and current postdocs, and PDA and PDO leadership in order to more effectively serve the postdoctoral community at their institutions and nationally.
  • Ensure a diversity of topics and perspectives that are relevant to and/or inclusive of multiple disciplines, international perspectives, and underrepresented postdoctoral scholars.1

Session Types

Innovation In Action sessions:


Since 2010, Innovation In Action (IIA) sessions have been a hallmark of the NPA Annual Meeting. The purpose of these 90-minuteinteractive discussion sessions is to share ideas, problems, resources, and solutions with colleagues, and to encourage networking among all session attendees. Proposals for this type of session should suggest topics that promote the generation and sharing of novel ideas among bothnew and returning attendees. IIA sessions are different from workshops in that IIA sessions are devoted to participant-driven, solution-focused discussions. IIA session leaderswill act as facilitators - not presenters - and will be encouraged to compile the ideas, resources, and solutions generated by the discussions for dissemination by the NPA after the meeting.


Poster presentations:


Presenting a poster is a great way to share unique training programs, best practices, successful postdoctoral events, and to foster idea exchange and meaningful discussion, allowing participants to emulate successful programs at their institutions. The poster session offers an opportunity to display materials and engage in open-ended, individualized, and informal discussions with interested parties. To recognize outstanding poster presentations, the NPA will presents the top three posters with awards.


Workshops: 


Workshops are intensive courses concentrating on a defined area of concern or interest that emphasize interaction and exchange of information among participants, while also including an instructional or presentation component. Workshops should be participatory, maximize group discussion and active learning, and encourage participants to implement the new ideas, concepts, or programs at their home institutions. Presenters will be encouraged to share their slides and resources on the NPA website.


For the 2016 Annual Meeting, both 60-minute and 90-minute workshops will be considered. The format of workshops is highly flexible and may include presentations, discussions, role-playing, case studies, and/or other activities that help to achieve the learning objectives. We recommend that if your session is primarily a presentation or lecture that you select the 60-minute workshop session type in your proposal. In general, interactive workshops will be prioritized over lectures.


Proposal Requirements

Important: Abstracts that contain any author/presenter or other identifying information (e.g. name of Institution, etc.) will NOT be considered for review. Please make certain that all identifiers are not included in the abstract.


Poster Presentations:

  1. Title
  2. Complete list of authors2
  3. Names, titles, affiliations, and e-mail addresses for each presenter (limited to three individuals)2,3
  4. Abstract (limited to 1000-2500 characters)
  5. Relevance to diversity and international issues:
    1. If the proposal is specifically designed to address topics that are relevant to and/or inclusive of multiple disciplines, international perspectives, and underrepresented postdoctoral scholars, provide a short description of which group(s) is/are included and how the proposal is applicable to those individuals.
    2. If the proposal is not directly relevant to diversity or international issues, please write “not applicable.”

Innovation in Action Sessions and Workshops:

  1. Title
  2. Names, titles, affiliations, and e-mail addresses for each presenter or moderator (limited to three presenters and one moderator)2,3
  3. Abstract (limited to 1000-2500 characters)
  4. Targeted audience (individual postdocs, PDAs, PDOs, or associations and societies)
  5. Relevance to diversity and international issues:
    1. If the proposal is specifically designed to address topics that are relevant to and/or inclusive of multiple disciplines, international perspectives, and underrepresented postdoctoral scholars, provide a short description of which group(s) is/are included and how the proposal is applicable to those individuals.
    2. If the proposal is not directly relevant to diversity or international issues, please write “not applicable.”
  6. Learning objectives (3–5 take-away points that you plan to address during the session)
  7. Session structure summary:
    1. Describe your overall plan for the session.
    2. What is the idea, process, or tool that you would like to share with the postdoctoral community?
    3. What type(s) of activities are planned? Will there be handouts and small groups?
  8. List of materials and supplies that the NPA would be expected to provide (e.g. laptop, LCD projector, flip chart/easel/markers, printed materials, internet access, etc.)
  9. Optional: Topic and presenter background
    1. If any presenter or moderator has presented on this topic before, specify when and where it was presented, what was the outcome of the session (including evaluations if available), and what changes you would make for this meeting.
    2. You may also include a brief biography of the presenters/moderator and their qualifications.
    3. To accommodate the blind review process, please refer to presenters/moderator as #1, #2, etc., instead of by name.
1 Please refer to the NPA's Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for additional information.

2 This information will not be provided to reviewers during the blind review process.

3 Postdocs who plan to present at the Annual Meeting and are interested in obtaining funding to offset the cost of travel should consider applying for a travel or childcare award.

 


      Proposal Application Form
    Innovation in Action Sessions, Posters, and Workshops

    Submission Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT
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