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    Before the conference

    Connect online

    If you are registered for AER17, we want you to get connected. Tweet us @primrconnect, and use the hashtag #AER17 whenever you're tweeting about the conference.

    Volunteer opportunities

    Volunteering provides an excellent way to network, connect, and meet new people. More information about our volunteer opportunities is forthcoming. Sign up here or call 617.303.1875.

    During the conference

    Networking ribbons

    Upon receiving your name badge, be sure to pick up networking ribbons in the Registration Area. Each ribbon adheres to your badge and displays an informal designation to signify your professional affiliations as they relate to research ethics. This is a great way to find others with similar affiliations and interests.

    The Exhibit Hall

    Throughout the conference, join us in The Exhibit Hall, which is home to breaks, lunch, and receptions, the Supporters and Exhibitors, the Poster Presentations, the PRIM&R Booth and Demo Area, the Internet Café, and the Charging Lounge. Be sure to join us at the following events (schedule subject to change):

    November 6:November 7:November 8:
    10:15-10:45 AM:
    Beverage break
    9:15-9:45 AM:
    Beverage break
    9:15-9:45 AM:
    Beverage break
    12:00-1:00 PM:
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15 PM:
    Lunch
     
    1:00-1:30 PM:
    Meet the AER17
    Supporters and Exhibitors;
    Visit the Posters;
    Federal Agency/Accrediting Body Office Hours
    2:45-3:15 PM:
    Beverage break
     
    3:00-3:30 PM:
    Beverage break
    4:30-5:30 PM:
    Networking Reception
    with the Supporters,
    Exhibitors, and
    Poster Authors;
    Federal Agency/Accrediting Body Office Hours
     
    4:45-6:00 PM:
    AER17 Welcome Reception
      

    Sunday, November 5

    4:30-6:00 PM
    Pre-conference Program Networking Reception

    All those registered to attend a pre-conference program on November 5 are welcome to attend a networking reception immediately following the conclusion of their program. Light refreshments will be served.

    Monday, November 6

    7:00-8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast to Welcome First-Time Attendees

    Attending the AER Conference for the first time can be exciting and overwhelming, which is why PRIM&R invites all first-time attendees to participate in this special breakfast. This event is a great opportunity for first-time attendees to ask questions of the PRIM&R staff and seasoned attendees about the conference and PRIM&R in general, and to learn about strategies and resources that can help them make the most of their conference experience. We would love to see you there! Sign up when registering online or email us.

    12:00-1:00 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking. All are welcome. PRIM&R would like to thank CITI Program (a division of BRANY) for helping to support today's lunch.

    12:00-1:15 PM
    Research Ethics Book Group Lunch and Book Signing: The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

    Participate in a vibrant discussion of The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by author Meredith Wadman, a neuroscience reporter for Science. In the Vaccine Race, Ms. Wadman discusses the major breakthrough in cell biology that beat back German measles and other devastating diseases. Through her writing, she reviews the science involved in this race, as well as the political roadblocks that nearly stopped scientists. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and participate in a discussion with Ms. Wadman about her book, and she will be available to sign books during this time. Ms. Wadman's book is available wherever books are sold online, and copies will be sold at the conference. Note: The formal presentation part of the lunch will start at 12:15 PM. Sign up when registering online or email us.

    12:40-1:00 PM
    Overview of PRIM&R's Online Learning Opportunities

    Join us in the demo theater in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about PRIM&R's online learning opportunities, including live webinars, recorded webinars, Research Ethics Digest, and its accompanying Self-Study Program. Demonstrations of each product will be provided. If you are unable to join us, but would like to learn more these offerings while onsite at the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth or email Nora Murphy, online learning coordinator, for more information.

    1:00-1:30 PM
    Meet and Greet the Conference Supporters and Exhibitors

    Network with this year's conference Supporters and Exhibitors, and learn about their important services.

    1:00-1:30 PM
    Federal Agency/Accrediting Body Office Hours

    Do you have specific questions for federal agency or the accrediting body representatives? Or, do you have a follow-up question after attending a session that featured a federal agency or accrediting body representative(s)? If so, representatives from the following federal agencies/accrediting body will be available during this time slot to help answer your questions:

    • AAHRPP
    • CDC
    • DOD
    • DOE
    • FDA
    • OHRP
    4:45-5:05 PM
    Overview of PRIM&R's Member Benefits

    Join us in the demo theater in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the many benefits that PRIM&R membership has to offer. During this overview, you'll learn about the ways membership pays for itself during the course of the year, provides invaluable networking resources, and more. If you are unable to join us at this time, but would like to learn more about your current member benefits (or becoming a member) while onsite at the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth or email Shana Sonbolian, membership coordinator, for more information.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    AER17 Welcome Reception

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall to celebrate the opening of AER17. During this time, you’ll be able to meet our conference Supporters and Exhibitors and view the Poster Presentations. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

    4:45-6:00 PM
    Federal Agency/Accrediting Body Office Hours

    Do you have specific questions for federal agency or the accrediting body representatives? Or, do you have a follow-up question after attending a session that featured a federal agency or accrediting body representative(s)? If so, representatives from the following federal agencies/accrediting body will be available during this time slot to help answer your questions:

    • AAHRPP
    • CDC
    • DOD
    • DOE
    • FDA
    • OHRP
    5:35-5:55 PM
    PRIM&R's Research Ethics Snapshots in Action

    PRIM&R has launched a new educational resource, Research Ethics Snapshots, to provide quick, on-demand, interactive, and engaging learning opportunities. Snapshots can be used for a 15-minute discussion at an IRB meeting, for an informal discussion or icebreaker at an office gathering, or for individual use. Join us in the demo theater in the Exhibit Hall to participate in a discussion about Research Ethics Snapshot, and find out first-hand how these fun mini-case studies work in action. If you are unable to join us, but would like to learn more about Research Ethics Snapshots while onsite at the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth or email Nora Murphy, online learning coordinator, for more information.

    6:30-8:30 PM
    Young Professionals Networking Reception

    Connect with other young professionals interested in research ethics and relax after a busy day in San Antonio. Don't forget to bring the drink ticket you received with your registration materials! While all attendees are welcome, complimentary drink tickets will be provided for young professional registrants only. Location forthcoming.

    Tuesday, November 7

    12:15-1:15 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking.

    12:55-1:15 PM
    Overview of PRIM&R's Online Learning Opportunities

    Join us in the demo theater in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about PRIM&R's online learning opportunities, including live webinars, recorded webinars, Research Ethics Digest, and its accompanying Self-Study Program. Demonstrations of each product will be provided. If you are unable to join us, but would like to learn more these offerings while onsite at the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth or email Nora Murphy, online learning coordinator, for more information.

    4:30-5:30 PM
    Networking Reception With the Supporters and Exhibitors

    Join us in The Exhibit Hall to meet and greet the Supporters and Exhibitors. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

    4:30-5:30 PM
    Meet the AER17 Poster Authors

    Visit with the authors of the posters featured in the AER17 Poster Presentation Program and learn more about their innovative and important work on new program initiatives, empirical research, and conceptual analysis. The presentation of the posters promotes interdisciplinary sharing and collaboration, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information, and practical strategies for managing the many challenges faced by research professionals.

    4:30-5:30 PM
    Federal Agency/Accrediting Body Office Hours

    Do you have specific questions for federal agency or the accrediting body representatives? Or, do you have a follow-up question after attending a session that featured a federal agency or accrediting body representative(s)? If so, representatives from the following federal agencies/accrediting body will be available during this time slot to help answer your questions:

    • AAHRPP
    • CDC
    • DOD
    • DOE
    • FDA
    • OHRP