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Meet us in Orlando for the 2019 Annual Conference!
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17th NPA Annual Conference

April 12-14, 2019 | Orlando, FL

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.

  • Registration Link
  • Postdoc or graduate student: $417
  • Non-postdoc/Sustaining Member primary contact: $597
  • Non-member: $656
  • Friday one-day registration $249
  • Saturday one-day registration $249
  • Sunday one-day registration $212

Discounted rates for early registration.

  • Registration Link
  • Postdoc or graduate student: $597
  • Non-postdoc/Sustaining Member primary contact: $657
  • Non-member: $776
  • Friday one-day registration $249
  • Saturday one-day registration $249
  • Sunday one-day registration $212

  • Registration Link
  • Postdoc or graduate student: $597
  • Non-postdoc/Sustaining Member primary contact: $657
  • Non-member: $776
  • Friday one-day registration $249
  • Saturday one-day registration $249
  • Sunday one-day registration $212



Speakers

Below are the highlighted speakers for the 2019 Annual Conference.

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.

Dr. Byars-Winston is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She is the director of research and evaluation in the UW Center for Women’s Health Research, faculty affiliate of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, and associate director of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity.

Her research examines cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with the aim of broadening their participation in STEM fields. She was principal investigator on an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure and test critical factors in research training interventions for mentors of ethnically diverse mentees in biological science. She is currently co-leading a renewal of that R01 grant to investigate and intervene on research mentors’ cultural diversity awareness. She is co-investigator on the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) grant from the NIH in the Mentor Training Core through which she is leading the Culturally Aware Mentorship initiative.

In 2011, Byars-Winston was selected as a Champion of Change by the White House through President Obama's Winning the Future initiative for her research efforts to diversify science fields. She received the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color Award and the 2017 John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career or Personality Research from the Society for Counseling Psychology.

Byars-Winston is an elected fellow in the American Psychological Association and a member of the STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), through which she is chair of the Committee on Effective Mentoring in STEMM.

Dr. Weiss 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.




Career Fair

The 2019 NPA Career Fair is dedicated to facilitating the transition of highly-skilled postdoctoral researchers and graduate students into the academic and industry job markets. Postdocs and organizations will have the opportunity to network and discuss career opportunities. The Career Fair will take place after the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Conference. Both events will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 12:30 - 3:00 PM
  • Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819)

Regular Fees (through March 29)

  • Postdoc or graduate student: $35
  • Non-postdoc / sustaining member primary contact: $35
  • Non-member: $35

  • Standard: $1,500 - $2,500
  • Premium: $2,500 - $3,500
  • View all conference sponsorship opportunities below!



Agenda*

*Agenda is subject to change

Time Session Room
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDO Mentoring Program Capstone Workshop Rosen Centre Hotel
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration
Rosen Centre Hotel
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Networking Rosen Centre Hotel

Time Session Room
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.  Exercise session I Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast for repeat attendees
Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

New attendees' orientation breakfast

Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration

Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lactation room
Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Quiet room Rosen Centre Hotel
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exhibit hall Rosen Centre Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening session
Rosen Centre Hotel
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking break Rosen Centre Hotel  
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent session I

Rosen Centre Hotel

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking break Rosen Centre Hotel
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Plenary session I

2019 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award presentation

Rosen Centre Hotel
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch

Rosen Centre Hotel

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent session II

Rosen Centre Hotel
3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

Poster & networking reception

Rosen Centre Hotel
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Exercise session II Rosen Centre Hotel
6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Meet for dine-arounds Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dine-arounds

Time Session Room
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.  Exercise session III Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast

Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lactation room
Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Quiet room Rosen Centre Hotel
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit hall Rosen Centre Hotel
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Rosen Centre Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent session III

Rosen Centre Hotel
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking break Rosen Centre Hotel
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Keynote Address

2019 Distinguished Service Award presentation

Rosen Centre Hotel
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Rosen Centre Hotel
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent session IV

Rosen Centre Hotel
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking break Rosen Centre Hotel
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent session V

Rosen Centre Hotel

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Plenary session II

Rosen Centre Hotel
6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meet for dine-arounds Rosen Centre Hotel
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Exercise session IV Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Dine-arounds  

Time Session Room
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.  Exercise session V Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lactation room
Rosen Centre Hotel
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Quiet room Rosen Centre Hotel
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Exhibit hall Rosen Centre Hotel
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration Rosen Centre Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
PDO session for administrators
Rosen Centre Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Job search workshops for postdocs/grad students  Rosen Centre Hotel  
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking break

Rosen Centre Hotel
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Town Hall
Presentation of poster awards/prizes

Rosen Centre Hotel
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch on your own Rosen Centre Hotel 
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Career fair Rosen Centre Hotel 

Detailed Agenda with Session Descriptions




Sponsorship Opportunities

Now approaching its 17th year, the Annual Conference remains the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. The event continues to grow and we anticipate 500 attendees this year. Conference attendees include postdoctoral scholars, administrators, and faculty, along with representatives from disciplinary societies, industry, and corporations.

Postdoctoral scholars ("postdocs") conduct research and support discovery in biomedical sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and other important academic disciplines. They represent the next generation of research, academia, and industry. Postdocs represent tomorrow's leaders who will drive advancement in technology, policy, medicine, and the global research enterprise.

Participating sponsors of the 2019 Annual Conference enjoy a number of opportunities to showcase your resources and services to potential clients, while receiving full recognition in conference materials and exposure among Annual Conference attendees. Sponsorship of the Annual Conference offers long-lasting benefits: sponsors connect with postdocs and NPA stakeholders from the across the country, creating goodwill and increasing awareness of your organization with participants. There are several opportunities for sponsorship that will allow corporations, institutions, associations, and societies to connect with postdocs in a meaningful way.

View the full NPA 17th Annual Conference Prospectus!

  • Governor $8,000 : sponsorship of 1 lunch session or 1 breakfast, sponsorship of 1 workshop session, 1-page ad in the program book, 2 complimentary conference registrations, standard exhibit table, logo in rotating slideshow in all 30 conference sessions (five seconds per 60-second loop / five minutes prior to each session), mobile event app ad [5 packages available]
  • Senator $7,000 : sponsorship of 1 networking break, sponsorship of 1 workshop session, 1/2-page ad in the program book, 1 complimentary conference registration, standard exhibit table, mobile event app ad [5 packages available]
  • Representative $4,000 : sponsorship of 1 workshop session, 1/2-page ad in the program book, 1 complimentary conference registration, standard exhibit table, mobile event app ad [5 packages available]

  • Benefactor $1,200 : 1/2-page ad in the program book, 1 complimentary conference registration [unlimited packages available]
  • Advocate $1,100 : 1-page ad in the program book [unlimited packages available]
  • Patron $750 : 1/2-page ad in the program book [unlimited packages available]
  • Friend $450 : 1/4-page ad in the program book [unlimited packages available]

  • Mobile Event Rotating Banner Ad Sponsor $350 : ensures logo in rotating banner in conference app, an acknowledgement in the advance conference materials, acknowledgement in program book [unlimited packages available]
  • Mobile Event App Ad Sponsor $250 : ensures organization logo in conference app, acknowlegement in conference materials, acknowledgement in program book [unlimited packages available]

  • Charging Station $2,500 : Prominently highlighting your organization on a conference charging station is the perfect way to connect with busy postdocs needing to stay connected to their work while at the conference. [1 package available]
  • Headshots with Memory Stick $5,000 : Connect with postdocs by providing an exceptional opportunity for a professional headshot that they will take with them on a memory stick branded with your organization’s logo and website. Organization representative may be onsite with photographer to speak with attendees. [1 package available]

  • Elevator Signage $2,500 : Your organization’s logo will be prominently displayed on one professional elevator sign. All hotel guests during the conference will see your logo as they travel to and from guest rooms and conference sessions.
  • Stair Signage $2,000 : Your organization’s logo will be displayed on a professional stair sign located on the beautiful grand staircase leading from the main ballrooms to workshop meeting rooms. Your organization’s logo will be viewed by conference attendees and pool goers alike!
  • Gobo Light $1,000 : Your organization’s logo will be etched and projected onto a wall or floor and seen by conference attendees as they travel from the general sessions to workshops, networking breaks, and lunch.
  • Lobby Signage $500 : Make sure your organization’s logo is seen by attendees by incorporating it onto poles within the high-traffic main conference session and registration area.
  • Directional Signage $500 : Promote your brand to attendees as they go to and from sessions by displaying your organization’s logo on directional signage placed around the hotel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 1. There are a limited number of sponsorship packages, and these will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 2. Sponsors understand that all attendees must officially register for the conference. During the transaction, please provide the contact information for the individual who should receive all future sponsorship correspondence. 3. Please read through the terms on each respective product page to familiarize yourself of deadlines and sponsorship specifics.

The NPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and your sponsorship may be considered a tax-deductible contribution, according to the limits of the law. For example, the portion of your sponsorship attributed to an ad in the program book may not be tax-deductible, depending on ad content.




Lodging

Lodging for the conference will be at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. The Rosen Centre Hotel is 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. A special rate of $149 per night (plus tax) has been negotiated for NPA conference attendees. The room block has ended.

"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." More more information please visit Visit Orlando

Disney currently provides exclusive after 1:00 p.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Twilight Tickets and special discounted multi-day tickets to meeting & convention groups that are not available at ticket windows. The multi-day tickets include an additional complimentary admission to an additional Disney experience like a day at a Water Park, or game of Mini Golf.

To purchase specially priced Disney meeting/convention theme park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or click here. Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is April 11, 2019.




Event App

The 2019 Annual Conference app is powered by Whova. Get the app here!




Refund Policy

In event of cancellation by February 1, 2019, a full refund less a $25 processing fee will be issued. For cancellations from February 2, 2019, through March 29, 2019, a 50 percent refund less a $25 processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 29, 2019.