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    Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Will 2018 be your first time at PRIM&R's IACUC Conference? Have you attended the IACUC Conference before, but interested in learning what's new in 2018? There's a lot happening at this event, and knowing what to expect in advance can help you make the most of your conference experience.

    Getting Ready to Attend

    Assess your learning options by reviewing the agenda.

    During online registration, select the breakout sessions you want to attend onsite. For each breakout session series, pick one of the sessions offered for that time window.

    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:

    • Basic sessions introduce, explain and illustrate 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.
    • Advanced sessions assume mastery of basic concepts and 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 are intended for all audiences.
    • Part I/II sessions are on topics that need more time than our single sessions. These sessions span two breakout session series and are noted with an icon on the agenda.
    • Breakout sessions are grouped by series (A through E), each with 11-12 sessions.
    • The agenda can be sorted by eight thematic tracks┬áto help you identify the sessions that best address your challenges.
    • Sessions that are new in 2018 are denoted with a "New" icon on the agenda.

    Print the schedule of sessions you selected during registration to help guide you onsite. Except for events noted in the agenda as requiring pre-registration, you are welcome to attend other sessions onsite. If you wish to attend something that required pre-registration and you forgot to include it when you registered, refer to the instructions in your confirmation email for adding sessions to your registration or contact Once onsite, you can also stop by the Help Desk and, if there's space available, we will accommodate you.

    Explore options for lunch each day. Attendees will be provided breakfast onsite, but lunch is on your own. (Note: Preconference programs provide breakfast and lunch.)

    Review the Conference Attendee Newsletters we'll send in the weeks leading up to the conference. These emails will direct you to information about late-breaking changes to the agenda and other important logistical information.

    Print any handouts available via the agenda when they become available. We will let you know when handouts are online and give you the password for accessing them in the Conference Attendee Newsletters.

    Explore fun things to do while in Columbus, OH, on the Visit Columbus website and download a list of local discounts available to IACUC18 attendees.

    Network, network, network

    Explore your networking options by reviewing the special events page (note: some special events require pre-registration; be sure to sign up for those during online registration). Of note:

    • Are you a first time attendee? If so, sign up for the First-Time Attendee Welcome Breakfast, which will give you the chance to ask questions about the conference, PRIM&R membership and other programming, and learn about resources that can help you make the most of your conference experience.

    Once onsite, select from the networking ribbons displayed in the On-Site Check-In 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 expanded conversations with other attendees. There are three receptions to help you meet other attendees and network: one for the preconference programs on March 19; a welcome reception on March 20 for all IACUC18 attendees; and a young professionals reception offsite on March 20. In addition, there are several break and meal-time opportunities to meet fellow attendees. See the agenda for times and locations.

    While onsite, meet this year's supporters and exhibitorsand learn about their important services.

    Visit the IACUC18 Poster Program gallery to learn more about the authors' innovative and important work in the field, as well as the implementation of programs to improve the functioning of IACUCs.

    Preconference Programs

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

    Full day preconference programs include breakfast and lunch. Attendees who take two half day preconference programs will also be provided breakfast and lunch.

    Using attendance to advance your career

    Attending IACUC8 will help you make progress on your continuing education goals. Continuing education credits earned via attendance at this year's meeting can be used for:

    • Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) recertification: Learn more about recertification.
    • PRIM&R's Certificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use Overview: The IACUC Conference, one full day preconference program/two half preconference programs are two core requirements of this program, so if you're not eligible for the CPIA credential, or you're looking for another way to highlight your professional development efforts on your resume, consider signing up for the certificate program.
    • Self-reporting to other professional associations: Use the Certificate of Attendance from IACUC18, which you will receive upon completing the last day's evaluation, to self-report to other professional associations. Please contact those associations to determine whether credits earned at IACUC18 are eligible and, if so, how many.