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    Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Will 2017 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. If you're also attending PRIM&R's 2017 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference, visit the First Time Attendee page for that event.


    Getting Ready to Attend

    • Assess your learning options by reviewing the agenda. Of note, the breakout sessions are grouped by thematic track, all sessions related to the revised Common Rule are marked with a brown CR icon, and all sessions new to the AER17 agenda have a light blue New icon.

      During online registration, attendees will need to select the sessions they want to attend onsite. For each panel and breakout series, attendees will pick one session.

      Your most difficult task will be choosing from the 125 breakout sessions! The breakout sessions are smaller, focused on specific topics, strategies, approaches, and best practices, and offer more time for in-depth discussion, interaction with peers, and questions. Note the following:

      • There are three types of breakout sessions: workshops (interactive), didactic sessions (lecture-based), and double sessions (hybrid workshops/didactic sessions that are twice as long as the regular breakout sessions and are held over lunch).
      • Basic sessions focus on introducing, explaining, and illustrating basic concepts and principles, regulations and policies, or best practices relevant to a topic for those who have little or no prior knowledge of it or those looking for a refresher.
      • Advanced sessions assume mastery of basic concepts and provide attendees with in-depth knowledge of an area and robust set of skills required for addressing difficult problems in that area. Attendees are expected to have sufficient experience and understanding to actively contribute to the discussion.
      • Sessions that do not have a learning level listed are intended for all audiences.
      • Breakout sessions are grouped by series (A through E), each with 25 sessions. Pick one session per series.
      • Sessions are organized by thematic tracks, but everyone is welcome to attend any session. New this year: we've listed each session associated with the track in the descriptor.
    • 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 you selected during registration to help guide you onsite. Except for events that are noted in the conference agenda as requiring pre-registration, you are welcome to attend other sessions onsite. If you wish to attend something that required pre-registration, stop by the Help Desk. If there's space available, we will accommodate you.
    • Review the Conference Attendee Newsletters we'll send to you in the weeks leading up to the conference. These emails will direct you to information about late-breaking additions or changes to the agenda and other important logistical information.
    • Print any handouts available via the conference website. These will be designated with a page icon 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.

    Network, network, network

    • Once 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 other attendees 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 conference 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 on November 5; a welcome reception on November 6 for all AER17 attendees; a young professionals reception offsite on November 6; and an event to network with the conference supporters, exhibitors, and poster authors on November 7.
    • There are several break and meal-time opportunities to meet fellow attendees. See the conference agenda for times and locations.
    • Do you have questions for representatives of AAHRPP, DOE, DOD, CDC, FDA, OHRP, and/or VA? If so, we encourage attendees to participate in Federal Agencies/Accrediting Body Office Hours. See the conference agenda for times and location
    • Visit the AER17 Exhibit Hall to meet the PRIM&R staff in our onsite booth booth, network with the supporters and exhibitors, view this year's poster presentations, drop into the Charging Station and/or the Internet CafĂ©, attend sessions in the Demo Theater, and more!

    Pre-conference Programs

    Take advantage of the opportunity to explore specific topics in-depth by attending a pre-conference program. This year's offerings include:

    Using attendance to advance your career

    Attending AER17 will help you make progress on your continuing education goals, as you will earn continuing education credit for attendance. The AER Conference 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.