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Kerry Kauffman


The Rosen Centre

The Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL will be host to the 2019 NPA Annual Conference.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the 2019 NPA Annual Conference in sunny Orlando, FL April 12–14, 2019 at the Rosen Centre. Registration for the exciting event opens November 19.


Hosted by H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Florida State University, the 2019 NPA Annual Conference will feature Bahija Jallal, PhD, president of MedImmune and the 2017 Woman of the Year according to Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, as our keynote speaker.


Our first plenary speakers will be Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, director of research for the University of Wisconsin Center for Women’s Health Research, and faculty affiliate of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. Joshua N. Weiss, PhD, the cofounder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University, will be our second plenary speaker.


New Conference Features for 2019

We are very excited to announce a brand-new feature at the 2019 NPA Annual Conference — a career fair! Available on Sunday, April 14, after the closing Town Hall, all conference registrants will have access to an onsite opportunity to meet with hiring representatives from academic institutions, industry, nonprofits, and government. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to hand out your CV/resume and make connections with those specifically looking to fill positions.


Other new opportunities in 2019 include:

  • a capstone workshop the day before the conference, April 11, for new PDO administrators who have participated in a six-session myPDO webinar series on mentoring;
  • an enhanced exhibit table opportunities throughout the conference to find out more about organizations with postdoctoral resources;
  • two nights of dine-arounds;
  • an expanded and restructured poster and networking session on Friday night; and
  • lots of opportunities to connect with other attendees, both online through the Whova app and in-person during conference networking breaks.
Silent Auction and Raffle Opportunities

We are still accepting donations for the Annual Conference silent auction and/or raffle, proceeds of which will help fund travel awards for postdocs to attend future NPA Annual Conferences. This year, the NPA will host a silent auction from November 19 (registration opening)–March 19 (housing close date), and an onsite raffle from Friday, April 12– Sunday, April 14 at 10 a.m. eastern time. With a variety of items to fit every interest, career level, and budget, and with both online and in-person bidding options, these opportunities offer a great way for everyone in the NPA community to get involved, even if they can’t make it to Orlando.


Registration for the exciting event opens November 19.


Thank you to all our current sponsors — without your generous contributions, it would be impossible to host a conference that provides invaluable resources and connections to our members. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us.


Stay tuned for more updates and continue to check out our 2019 NPA Annual Conference Web page to stay abreast of the latest sessions, networking opportunities, and much more.


We look forward to seeing you in Orlando next April! 


Kerry Kauffman is the senior program coordinator of the Associate Member Council for the American Association for Cancer Research and NPA Meetings Committee co-chair.


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