The Seventh Annual Meeting of Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students, May 16 & 17, is quickly approaching. The retreat is held at the beautiful Airlie Center (http://www.airlie.com/). If you plan to attend, please submit your registration no later than March 24 to retreat.nichd.nih.gov.
This year's line-up is an exciting one! Dr. Ann C. Bonham, Chief Scientific Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, will give the opening keynote lecture on Monday evening. Later that night, an informative poster session will precede a night of Trivia at the Whistling Swan Pub.
Bright and early Tuesday morning, fellows can enjoy a guided nature walk around the Airlie Center fields and ponds. A few of the highlights of the second day include the welcome address by Dr. Kristofor Langlais, chair of the Annual Retreat Steering Committee, a few words from Dr. Constantine Stratakis, NICHD Acting Scientific Director, two Scientific Perspectives by Dr. Matthias Machner and Dr. Peter J. Basser of NICHD, and a sure-to-be-entertaining keynote lecture by Dr. Marc Abrahams, Editor and Co-founder of the Annals of Improbable Research.
One of the best reasons to attend this year's retreat—other than the amazing organic food—is the chance to interact with professionals from a variety of scientific fields at speed-date-style Q&A tables. This year, the NICHD steering committee has found representatives from academia, science policy, grants and scientific administration, consulting, the Food and Drug Administration, and pharmaceutical research to field fellows' questions.
There is no better way to meet new colleagues, learn a bit of new science, and have a few laughs than to attend the NICHD Annual Retreat! Sign up now—why not, it's free!