AHA’s Scientific Sessions meeting each November is revered as the “place to be” for cutting edge science and networking. Over the past decade of going to the Scientific Sessions, however, I have notice one major drawback to the meeting: participation and attendance at poster sessions is TERRIBLE. Unfortunately, this is the slot where many Early Career Investigators get their first chance to present their work at the meeting, and can often leave them frustrated. Starting this year, the programming committee has made substantial changes to improve attendance and interactions at the poster sessions, including:
A ~50% reduction in the number of oral presentations at Scientific Sessions, and a concomitant increase in the number of poster presentations.
A reduction in the number of oral sessions scheduled at the same time as poster presentation/attendance times.
The addition of Poster Professors to increase visibility/networking for young investigators at the meeting, and to ensure that young investigators receive critical feedback from a senior investigator with expertise in the topic of the poster section.
I would pose the following two, key questions to readers of this post:
Do you think these changes will help attendance at posters and the overall AHA experience?
What else can be done to improve the meeting for young investigators?
You can be assured that I will bring feedback to the ATVB and AHA Leadership at Scientific Sessions this fall.
Best of luck in your careers,
Jordan D. Miller, PhD