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

April 12 - 14, 2019
Orlando, FL



Registration | Career Fair | Speakers | Agenda | Sponsorship Information

  Lodging | Refund Policy | Event App | VisitOrlando | Walt Disney World Tickets


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 prices are as follows:


REGULAR REGISTRATION (January 12, 2019 - March 28, 2019)

Postdoc or graduate student: $417

Nonpostdoc/Sustaining Member primary contact: $597

Nonmember: $656

Friday one-day registration $249

Saturday one-day registration $249

Sunday one-day registration $212



Keynote Speaker


Bahija Jallal, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Immunocore


Jallal is chief executive officer and director of the board of Immunocore, the leading T-Cell Receptor (TCR) biotechnology company. Prior to joining Immunocore in January 2019, she was president of MedImmune, Astra Zeneca’s global biologics research and development unit. She was also executive vice president of AstraZeneca and a member of its senior executive team. She 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. She also served as chairman of the board of Viela Bio in 2018.


Jallal has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has more than 15 patents. She is a council member of the government-university-industry research roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a member of the American Association of Science. She is also the immediate past president of the Association of Women in Science. She was named the 2017 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.


Prior to joining MedImmune, Jallal worked with Chiron Corporation where she served as vice president of drug assessment and development, and successfully established the company’s translational medicine group. Prior to Chiron Corporation, she worked at Sugen, Inc. She received a master’s degree in biology from the Universite de Paris VII in France, and her doctorate in physiology from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.



Plenary Speakers


Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D., 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.


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. 



Lodging for the conference will be at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. A special rate of $149 per night (plus tax) has been negotiated for NPA conference attendees. This rate is good through Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Your lodging must be booked by this date to receive the conference hotel rate. Book your lodging at this link!


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."

Walt Disney World Tickets

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.


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.

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