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NPA Meetings

About the Committee

The Meetings Committee assists the staff and Board in planning and coordinating the NPA Annual Conferences. This committee interacts with all NPA committees, officers, and staff to develop programmatic content for the NPA Annual Conference, and works with the Outreach and Resource Development Committees to help advertise the meetings. This committee offers an opportunity to network with postdocs and administrators from institutions across the country. It also provides a great way to develop management and organizational skills. There are many small tasks on this committee if your availability is limited. The Annual Conference is the showcase event of the NPA. Join us to help keep the conferences vibrant!

The NPA Annual Conference is the largest conference and networking event in the postdoctoral community. Each conference is highly engaging and productive for postdoctoral scholars, administrators, and other individuals working to enhance the postdoctoral experience. Our Annual Conferences are held each year in the spring. To view more information about the upcoming conference please visit our 2020 Annual Conference page.
This toolkit will allow postdocs to create a collaborative atmosphere where postdocs can share ideas and receive critical assessment of their science, while fostering potential collaborations. Included in this toolkit are general guidelines to make organizing a postdoctoral research symposium easier. When designing symposium sessions, be creative in encouraging interaction and discussion. To learn more please view the full Postdoc Symposium Toolkit.

Meetings Committee

  • Identify and announce venues for the NPA Annual Conferences.
  • Develop agendas and programmatic content for meetings.
  • Convene a fundraising team to secure sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for conferences.
  • Convene teams to solicit and recommend travel and service awards.
  • Consult with staff and the Finance Committee to establish budgets for meetings.
  • Consult with Outreach Committee to market/advertise conferences.
  • Complete post-meeting functions, including evaluation and debriefing activities.
  • Consult with other committees and officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meetings Leadership

Mustachio is the NPA Meetings Committee co-chair from 2019-2021. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Wyllie is the NPA's Meetings Committee co-chair from 2020-2022. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Späni sits on the NPA Board of Directors and was appointed as the Meetings Committee liaison for 2019-2020. To read her full bio please visit our Leadership page.

Volunteer Today!

The NPA is always looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to help plan and organize the Annual Conference! Please contact us to learn more.

Meetings Volunteer