By Kris Langlais
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 9th Annual Meeting is right around the corner! On March 25 - 27, join the postdoctoral research and training community in the Natcher Conference Center on the main campus for an action-packed weekend of talks, discussions, and workshops focused on the advancement postdoctoral training excellence nationwide. Postdoctoral fellows and a diverse range of stakeholders from the U.S. and abroad attend the annual meeting to discuss the latest trends and issues concerning training and careers. This meeting also provides a unique opportunity to network with leaders from various sectors from around the country. Sessions include: Advocacy: A Tool for Change, Confidence for Introverts, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Skills for Postdoctoral Scholars, Legal Seminar for International Postdocs, Marketing for Scientists, Preparing for Industry Careers, Scientific Teaching and Active Learning in Undergraduate Science. Please visit the NPA website for detailed agenda and registration information: http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting/2011-annual-meeting
The NPA was established in 2003 with the goal of fostering necessary improvements to the postdoctoral situation in the U.S. The NPA sought to crystallize the diffuse postdoc debate and provide a focal point for achieving administrative and policy changes. Nine years later, its mission is to advance the U.S. research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. Working in collaboration with the entire research community, the NPA envisions changing the culture of those individuals and institutions engaged in the U.S. research enterprise so that the contributions of postdoctoral scholars are fully valued and recognized.