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Combined Call for Proposals:
Innovation in Action Sessions, Posters and Workshops

Submission deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT
Notification of proposal acceptance or decline: November 2014

The 2015 NPA Meetings Committee is seeking proposals for (a) Innovation in Action sessions, (b) poster presentations, (c) 60-minute workshops, and (d) 90-minute workshops to share unique training programs, best practices and success stories for the postdoctoral community.

A proposal may be submitted for more than one type of session as long as it meets the requirements for each venue. If you submit a proposal to be considered for multiple venues, you will be asked to rank your order of preference, since your proposal may be selected for only one. Each individual presenter may only be included in two proposal submissions.

Proposals will be selected via a blind review process that rates the strength of the proposal on integration with meeting goals, relevancy to the audience, and impact of take home points. For workshops and innovation in action, the structure/organization of the session and any background material provided will also be considered.

If you need ideas for your session, a list of some suggested topics and past examples is available.

NPA Annual Meeting Goals

  • Provide a forum for exchange between the NPA and its membership, with respect to policies, programs, best practices and collaborative efforts among institutions, industry, societies and organizations;

  • Foster leadership, professional and career development skills for prospective and current postdocs, postdoctoral association (PDA)/postdoctoral office (PDO) leadership in order to more effectively serve the postdoctoral community at their institutions and nationally;

  • Ensure a diversity of topics and perspectives by including presenters and panelists drawn from diverse backgrounds with content that is relevant to and inclusive of multiple disciplines, international perspectives and underrepresented minority backgrounds.1

Session Types

Innovation In Action sessions:

Since 2010, Innovation In Action (IIA) sessions have been a hallmark of the NPA Annual Meeting. The purpose of these 90-minute interactive discussion sessions is to share ideas, problems, resources, and solutions with colleagues, and encourage professional networking among all session attendees. Proposals for this type of session should suggest topics that promote the generation and sharing of novel ideas among both ‘experienced’ and ‘new’ attendees. IIA sessions are different from workshops in that the session is devoted to participant-driven, solution-focused discussions. Leaders of these sessions will act as facilitators, not presenters. Session facilitators will be encouraged to compile the ideas, resources, and solutions generated by the discussions for dissemination through NPA media channels after the meeting. 

Poster presentations:

Presenting a poster is a great way to share unique training programs, best practices, successful postdoctoral events, and foster idea exchange and meaningful discussion, allowing participants to emulate successful programs at their institutions. The poster session offers an opportunity to engage in open-ended discussions with interested parties. To recognize outstanding poster presentations, the NPA will acknowledge the best three presenters with awards.


Workshops are intensive courses concentrating on a defined area of concern or interest, emphasizing interaction and exchange of information among participants, while also including an instruction or presentation component. Workshops should be participatory, maximize group discussion and active learning, and designed to encourage participants to implement the new ideas, concepts, or programs at their home institutions. Presenters will be encouraged to share their slides and resources on the NPA website after the meeting.


For the 2015 NPA Annual Meeting, we are planning to select equal numbers of 60-minute and 90-minute workshops. The format of workshops is highly flexible and may include presentations, discussions, role playing, case studies, and/or any other activities that help to achieve the learning objectives. We recommend that if your session is primarily a presentation that you select a 60-minute slot.​

Proposal Requirements

All session types:

  1. Title

  2. Presenters* (Workshops and Innovation: limited to three presenters and one moderator; Posters: up to three persons presenting the poster at the meeting)2: Include names, titles, affiliations and e-mail address for each presenter

  3. Abstract: Abstracts should not contain author/presenter information (2500 character limit)

  4. Expected audience (Individuals, PDA, and/or PDO)

  5. Diversity and international issues (If the proposal is specifically designed to address topics that pertain to scholars with diverse backgrounds such as international, underrepresented minorities, or diverse disciplines, provide a short description of which group(s) and how it applies to them)

  6. Complete list of authors*

    Innovation in Action and Workshops only:

  7. Learning objectives: List 3 – 5 take-away points that you plan to address during the session.

  8. Session structure summary: Describe your plan or the session. What is the idea, process, or tool that you would like to share with the postdoctoral community?  What type(s) of activities are planned?

  9. Materials and supplies required: Laptop, LCD projector, flip chart/easel/markers, printed materials, internet access, other (please explain)

  10. Topic and presenter background (optional): If you or other presenters have presented on this topic before, please specify when and where it has been presented, the outcomes of the session (including evaluations if available), and what changes you would make for this meeting. You may also include a brief biography of the presenters and their qualifications. Since there will be a blind review process, please refer to presenters as #1, #2, etc. instead of by name.

  11. Presenter availability: List any times during the 2015 NPA Annual Meeting, March 13-15, when presenters would NOT be available. We will make every effort to accommodate your request, but we cannot guarantee that your request will be honored.

*As this will be a blind review process, this information will not be provided to the reviewers.

1We refer applicants to the NPA's Diversity Statement, for our definition of diversity and under-represented minorities: The National Postdoctoral Association seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all postdocs in the membership, leadership, and activities of the National Postdoctoral Association regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, field of research, socio-economic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

2 Postdocs who plan to present and need travel funds to attend the meeting should consider applying for a travel award.



 Proposal Application Form
Innovation in Action Sessions, Posters, and Workshops

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT
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