University of Colorado and the University of Michigan
FUNDING TYPE: External
DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
Announcing the second conference on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT2), which will be held June 8th -10th in Denver, Colorado (see: https://gs.ucdenver.edu/fobgapt2/main.php ). FOBGAPT2 is jointly sponsored by the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan.The first conference was held in Ann Arbor in 2015 and was intended to foster discussion of the issues among a broad cross section of the stakeholders (see meeting summary here: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/fobgapt). The second conference in Denver hopes to attract up to 500 colleagues from academia, federal and private funding agencies, the private sector and other interested constituencies to discuss challenges facing the biomedical research enterprise and to forge consensus recommendations, both to implement at training institutions and to shape national policies.The format of the conference will maximize collaborative discussion. The conference will consist of a brief plenary session and five topic workshops. Over the course of two days, each workshop will be repeated six times, thereby allowing every attendee to contribute to each workshop. This format will help the workshop co-Chairs quickly develop broadly-held consensus recommendations. In addition to attending the workshops, attendees are encouraged to submit 2-page “What Works” abstracts in advance of the conference that address topics to be discussed in each of the five workshops. These abstracts will help guide the discussions and will be made available to the workshop co-Chairs and posted on the conference web site. Registration and abstract submissions are due by April 15th, 2017. We encourage you to register for the meeting and book your hotel room(s) as soon as possible. Links to the registration site and the preferred hotels (convenient and available at special rates) are on the conference web site (see: https://gs.ucdenver.edu/fobgapt2/main.php).
Please note that there is funding for students and postdocs who do not have travel sponsorship from their home institution to apply for travel awards. We do not yet know how many of these we will be able to provide (pending grant application), but we definitely want to encourage participation by trainees. For questions about logistics of the meeting site, please contact David Engelke (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions about registration, please contact Peter Hitchcock (email@example.com).We hope you plan to attend and help shape future of bioscience training!Regards,Dave Engelke, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusPeter Hitchcock, University of Michigan