|2015 Annual Meeting Combined Call for Proposals|
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 av
NPA Annual Meeting Goals
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.
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.
All session types:
*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
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT