The Forum includes an opening day dedicated to professional development training. For 2018, the current Editor-in-Chief of JCCAP (Andres De Los Reyes) will deliver a series of three professional development workshops focused on evidence-based strategies for:
Andres De Los Reyes
University of Maryland at College Park
Andres De Los Reyes will deliver a series of three professional development workshops focused on evidence-based strategies for:
Improving clarity in your academic writing
Increasing productivity in your academic work
Making your way through the peer-review process
At the Forum, we know that many attendees will find value in the material covered in these workshops. However, these workshops may not cater to all attendees’ interests or be of relevance to attendees regardless of their level of training. Thus, new for 2018 we at the Forum created a Professional Development Team that will deliver additional “breakout workshops” that will be tailor-made to meet the needs of attendees at more advanced levels of training (e.g., post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty). This team will deliver workshops that touch upon such topics as work-life balance, setting up a lab, and applying for your first grant as a principal investigator. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one “speed mentoring” sessions with these team members.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Stony Brook University
University of California at Los Angeles
University of North Carolina
Early Career Scientists: Celebrating Promising Research in Mental Health
Poster Session Social: Before the Forum, early career scientists submit abstracts of their research, and at the Forum, they make poster presentations of this research during a catered social event. In advance of the Forum, we prompt presenters via email to upload a single-slide Powerpoint file of their presentation. We integrate these files into our own digital system to have them ready to present during the Poster Session Social. We render these poster presentations in a 100% digital environment, saving presenters both time and money. Further, this event provides early career scientists with opportunities for “one-on-one” time with the scientists who will deliver addresses and serve as breakout discussants during Day 2 of the Forum.
Future Directions Launch Award: Before the Forum, a committee of internationally recognized scientists selects early career scientists who are presenting their research at the Forum to receive the Future Directions Launch Award. The award recognizes promising early career scientists who conduct research in the Future Directions Address topics covered in 2018. On Day 1 of the Forum, awardees give TED Talk-style presentations about their work. We will live webcast these presentations, store them, and link them to YouTube. The Future Directions Launch Award serves as a capstone to the academic training of its recipients—a signal to the field and larger public that they are ready to enter academia and begin independent research careers.
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