National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting Coming Soon

The 16th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoc Association (NPA) hosted by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 6-8, 2018. In two and a half-daylong meeting, there will be many fascinating talks, events, and workshops. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular biologist, diversity advocate and co-founding member of The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will deliver the keynote speech. Plenary speakers are Alison Gammie, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and Rafael E. Luna, author of the book “The Art of Scientific Storytelling”.

Collaboration and cooperation among postdocs are one of the most important priorities in this meeting. Speakers will discuss the implementation of online standardized postdoc appointment as well as a management system to engage faculty. On the first day, there will be valuable information regarding careers, funding, mobility, and online presence in two concurrent sessions. Postdocs will have a chance to not only network with each other, but also with meeting administrators and industry personnel. At the end of the day, interested participants will have a chance to join social/networking events in the world-renowned Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

A data-driven approach to understanding US postdocs will be presented on the second day. Resources for postdocs are available on various career paths, including humanities and social sciences major. As a specific example, postdocs who are considering business for their career will have a huge opportunity to learn ins and outs of business strategy, skillsets, recruitment strategies, design thinking, and much more. In a concurrent session, there will be an examination of sexual harassment in the postdoctoral community. If you are an unfortunate victim this session can provide you with the opportunity to speak out.

The NPA was established in 2003 to promote advancements of postdoctoral scholars throughout the US. The main focus of the NPA is to progress the postdoctoral experience by supporting better research training and enhanced professional growth.

Those interested may register for the full Annual Conference or choose Friday-, Saturday-, or Sunday-only registration. For more information please visit the NPA’s conference webpage.

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