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17th Annual Conference

April 12 - 14, 2019
Orlando, FL



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Join us in Orlando!

The NPA Annual Conference is the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Conference attendees - postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty, and representatives from disciplinary societies, industry, and corporations - are provided with the opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills.


The 17th Annual Conference will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, an award-winning convention property offering a number of amenities, including an Olympic-size tropical outdoor swimming pool, nine restaurants and lounges, and The Spa at Rosen Centre.


With over 100+ attractions across the city and seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is unlike any other destination full of unforgettable experiences waiting for you to explore. After the conference, escape to a world of imagination and fantasy that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. The city is also a culinary hot spot with new award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck, Todd English and Emeril Lagasse and now Chef Morimoto, that cater to visitors from across the globe. With over 5,000 restaurants you’ll find an extensive menu from fine dining and international eateries to casual cafes and chic wine bars, there’s something for every taste or budget.



Keynote Speaker


Bahija Jallal, Ph.D.

President, MedImmune; executive vice president, AstraZeneca


Jallal is president of MedImmune, the global biologics research and development unit of AstraZeneca. She is also executive vice president of AstraZeneca and is a member of its senior executive team reporting to the CEO. She joined MedImmune in March 2006.


Jallal is chairman of the Board of Viela Bio, serves on the Board of Anthem, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University, and the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Health Sciences Research Park Corporation.


Jallal has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has more than 15 patents. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Association of Science. She is also the president of the Association for Women in Science. She was named the 2017 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.


Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., is the co-founder, with William Ury, of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is also the director and creator of the Masters of Science degree in leadership and negotiation at Bay Path University. He received his doctorate from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2002.  


Weiss has spoken and published on negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to dealing with conflict.  In his current capacity he conducts research, consults with many different types of organizations, delivers negotiation and mediation trainings and courses, and engages in negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels.


Weiss’ most recent book, called Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie, is geared toward children and designed to teach them negotiation skills through a story format. The book is for 5 to 10 year olds. The next book in the series will be published in 2018.


Weiss is the creator of a number of innovative products that use the power of present day technology to convey negotiation to a broad audience. In addition to teaching numerous synchronous and asynchronous courses and trainings over the web he has developed two products of note. The first is the Negotiation Tip of the Week (NTOW) podcast.  The second is the Negotiator In You Audiobook and eBook series. The NTOW was in the top 100 iTunes Business Podcasts from 2007 to 2010 and was downloaded over 2 million times during that period. The Negotiator In You series was published in January 2012 and was in the iTunes top audiobook category for two months. An addition to the series, specifically for salespeople, was published in January of 2013.


Finally, Weiss has conducted trainings and consulted with a number of organizations, companies, and governmental entities, including: Microsoft, General Motors, United Auto Workers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Novellus, Christies Art Auction House, CDM Smith, Genzyme, Harvard University, Yale Medical School, United Nations (multiple departments), the U.S. Government (State Department and Transportation Security Administration), and various state governments. 

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