8th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA 2010)
|Event Date/Time: Mar 12, 2010||End Date/Time: Mar 14, 2010|
|Early Registration Date: Feb 28, 2010|
The National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meetings are truly one of a kind, catering to a diverse and motivated audience of postdoctoral fellows, postdoc association leaders, postdoc administrators and research mentors . Ensuring that each group gets the most out of the packed agenda is no easy task. But for the past 7 years, the NPA has successfully taken on the challenge, bringing hundreds of attendees together for a weekend of networking, workshops and idea-sharing. The 8th NPA Annual meeting, to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 12-14, 2010, will be no different.
One new addition to the 2010 meeting is the freshly reformatted NPA â€œInnovation in Actionâ€ Discussion Sessions. These will provide future scientific leaders with fast-paced and highly interactive forums in which to discuss a broad range of crucial subjects. Fridayâ€™s session will focus on roundtable discussions among a mixed audience, tackling critical topics such as â€œPromoting Communication To and Among Postdoctoral Fellowsâ€ and â€œBuilding and Retaining Interest in Postdoctoral Development Activities.â€ On Saturday, the forum will switch gears, taking on an informal, idea-sharing speed session to allow discussion of a wide variety of subjects. Selected topics include â€œMaking your Postdoc Association Accessible,â€ â€œOrganizing Career Fairs,â€ â€œEncouraging Good Mentoring,â€ and â€œRecruiting Members for Postdoc Associations,â€ among many others. The interplay of the diverse audience is key to this sessionâ€™s success.
On Sunday, Dr. Audrey Murrell will also be on hand to deliver an exciting and far-reaching plenary speech. Dr. Murrell, an associate professor of Business Administration, Psychology, and Public and International Affairs, is a foremost expert in areas of mentoring, leadership development, and workforce diversity. Her plenary speech will focus on topics gleaned from her most recent book, entitled â€œMentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations.â€ Meeting attendees will learn a great deal from Dr. Murrellâ€™s expertise, including how to effectively mentor and how to develop talent in a diverse and complex work environment.
With such a wide range of sessions and topics, itâ€™s clear that the 8th Annual Meeting of the NPA was planned with you in mind. Add these exciting events to an agenda already packed full with practical workshops, networking sessions, leadership building exercises, and a high profile keynote speech from Dr. Francis Collin (Director of the National Institutes of Health), and you have a meeting tailor fit for any scientific audience.
The 2010 NPA Annual Meeting is co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, The Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University, Drexel University and Temple University. The event will take place on March 12 â€“ 14, 2010.