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Announcing the Second Conference on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
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Volume 15, Issue 3 (March 2017)

Dave Engelke and Peter Hitchcock


The organizers are pleased to announce the second and concluding conference on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT2), which will be held June 8-10, 2017, in Denver, CO. FOBGAPT2 is jointly sponsored by the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan.


The first conference was held in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2015 and was intended to foster discussion of issues among a broad cross section of the stakeholders. The second conference in Denver hopes to attract up to 500 participants from academia, federal and private funding agencies, the private sector, and other interested constituencies to discuss challenges facing the biomedical research enterprise and to forge consensus recommendations, both to implement at training institutions and to shape national policies.


The format of the conference will maximize collaborative discussion. The conference will consist of a brief plenary session and five topic workshops. Over the course of two days, each workshop will be repeated six times, allowing every attendee to contribute to each workshop. This format will help the workshop co-chairs quickly develop broadly-held consensus recommendations. In addition to attending the workshops, attendees are encouraged to submit two-page “What Works” abstracts ahead of the conference that address topics to be discussed in each of the five workshops. These abstracts will help guide the discussions and will be made available to the workshop co-chairs and posted on the conference website.


Registration and abstract submissions are due by April 15, 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to register for the meeting and book your hotel room(s) as soon as possible. Links to the registration site and the preferred hotels (convenient and available at special rates) are on the conference website. The University of Michigan is using the software program, Iris, to manage the registration process, and you will be asked to create an account at the time you register.


Students and postdoctoral scholars who do not have travel sponsorship from their home institution can apply for travel awards. The number of available travel awards is not yet known, but participation by trainees is highly encouraged. For questions about logistics of the meeting site, please contact David Engelke, PhD. For questions about registration, please contact Peter Hitchcock, PhD. The organizers and all participants hope you plan to attend and help shape future of bioscience training!


Dave Engelke, PhD, is the dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus. Peter Hitchcock, PhD, is the associate dean for biological and health sciences in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.


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