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  • First-Time Attendees: Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience 

    Will 2016 be your first time at PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference? There’s a lot happening onsite, and knowing what to expect in advance can help you make the most of it.

    Getting Ready to Attend

    • Register to attend the First-Time Attendee Welcome Breakfast, which gives you the chance to ask questions about the conference, PRIM&R membership and other programming, and to learn about resources that can help you make the most of your conference experience.
    • Print the schedule of sessions that you chose when you registered to help you plan your days. Except for events that are noted in the Conference Agenda as requiring pre-registration, you are welcome to opt for other sessions onsite. If you wish to attend something that required advanced registration, stop by the Help Desk. If there’s room, we can accommodate you.
    • Review the Conference Attendee Newsletters that we'll send to you in the weeks leading up to the conference. These emails will include information about passwords for handouts, late-breaking additions or changes to the agenda, and other important logistical information.
    • Print any handouts that are available via the conference website. These will be designated with a page icon pageicon (2) on the session description.
    • Download and explore the conference app (available in mid-October) via iTunes or the Google Play Store. In addition to giving you online access to all the handouts, you will get event alerts, be able to take notes on your device, and message other attendees who are using the app.
    • Review the Conference Bibliography, a list of reference articles related to each of the keynote and plenary sessions, which will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

    Network, network, network

    • Once you register onsite, select from the networking ribbons displayed in the registration area. These ribbons offer an array of professional roles/affiliations and are a great way to find others with similar interests.
    • Past attendees tell us how much the conference content is enhanced by follow-up or expanded conversations with other attendees. Using the app to message other attendees is a convenient way to be in touch with people you meet onsite during the meeting, and the attendee list can help you stay connected once you return to your institution.
    • There are four receptions to help you meet other attendees and network: one for the pre-conference programs November 13, a second to welcome all conference attendees on November 14, with a young professionals reception immediately following offsite, and a final event to network with the conference Supporters and Exhibitors on November 15. There are also several meal-time opportunities to meet fellow attendees. See the Conference Agenda for times and locations.
    • Have a particular challenge you're at the conference to solve? Plan to attend the roundtable discussions on November 14 or the office hours held by several of the federal agencies. See the Conference Agenda for times and locations.

    Pre-conference Programs

    We realize it can be a challenge to be away from the office for that extra day, but if possible, it makes sense to take advantage of the in-depth programming offered by our pre-conference programs.

    This year's offerings are:

    Using attendance to advance your career

    Attending AER helps you make progress on your continuing education goals, as you will earn continuing education credit for attendance. AER is also a core requirement of PRIM&R’s Certificate in the Foundations of Human Subjects Protection, so if you’re not eligible for the Certified IRB Professional credential, consider signing up for the certificate program.

    Attendance can also lead to a new opportunity through networking or through jobs posted onsite through our Career Center.