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2017 Annual Meeting Combined Call for Proposals
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Combined Call for Proposals:
  Concurrent Sessions and Posters

Submission deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notification of proposal acceptance or decline: November 2016

March 17 - 19, 2017

Fairmont Hotel

San Francisco, CA

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Background


The 2017 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Meetings Committee is seeking proposals for (a) 60-minute workshops, (b) 90-minute workshops and (c) poster presentations to be included in the 2017 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.


New for the 2017 meeting, Innovation in Action will no longer be a separate submission category. All concurrent session proposals (seminars, workshops, and Innovation in Action) will be submitted to the same review committee. Proposals that demonstrate the qualities of an Innovation in Action session will be identified by the review committee and flagged as such in the program book. In addition, facilitators of accepted proposals will be notified of the suggested session type upon acceptance.


A proposal may be submitted for more than one type of session (i.e. both a concurrent session and a poster) as long as it meets the requirements for each. 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. An individual presenter/author may be included in no more than two proposals.


Proposals will be selected via a committee 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 (engagement of participants and session interaction are encouraged – although not required – and will be considered during the review and selection process).

A list of suggested topics is available to help you prepare your proposal. View the scoring rubric.


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 for prospective and current postdocs, and PDA and PDO leadership in order to more effectively serve the postdoc 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


Poster presentations: Presenting a poster is a great way to share unique training programs, best practices, and 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.


Concurrent Session: Concurrent sessions include seminars, workshops, and Innovation in Action sessions. Seminars are traditional lecture-style sessions in which presenters are primarily concerned with conveying new information or data to participants. Content such as survey results are ideally suited to a seminar-style session. Workshops are more intensive sessions that emphasize interaction and exchange of information among participants while also including an instructional or presentation component. Innovation in Action sessions are participant-driven, solution-focused discussions that promote the generation and sharing of novel ideas among both new and returning meeting attendees. Facilitators of sessions flagged as Innovation in Action will be encouraged to compile the ideas, resources, and solutions generated by the discussions for dissemination by the NPA after the meeting.


For the 2017 Annual Meeting, both 60-minute and 90-minute concurrent sessions will be considered. We recommend that if your session is primarily a presentation or lecture that you select the 60-minute session type in your proposal. All presenters will be encouraged to share their slides and resources on the NPA website.


Proposal Requirements


Poster Presentations:
  1. Title
  2. Complete list of authors2
  3. Names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses for each presenter (limited to three individuals)2
  4. Abstract (limited to 1000-2500 characters
  5. Relevance to diversity and international issues:1
  6. 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.
  7. If the proposal is not directly relevant to diversity or international issues, please write “not applicable.”

Concurrent Sessions:

  1. Title
  2. Names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses for each presenter or moderator (limited to three presenters and one moderator)2
  3. Brief biography of primary presenter(s)
  4. Abstract (limited to 1000-2500 characters)
  5. Targeted audience (individual postdocs, PDAs, PDOs, or associations and societies)
  6. Relevance to diversity and international issues:1
  7. 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.
  8. If the proposal is not directly relevant to diversity or international issues, please write “not applicable.”
  • Learning objectives (3–5 take-away points that you plan to address during the session)
  • Session structure summary:
    1. What type(s) of activities are planned?
    2. Will there be handouts and small groups?
  • 1 Please refer to the NPA's Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for additional information. Download the statement here.

    2 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 when the call for applications opens in October.



      Proposal Application Form
    Concurrent Sessions and Posters

    Submission Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET

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