Scientific Sessions Preparation & Opportunities

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
Mayo Clinic
Posted by Alyson PON Editor on Sep 4, 2013 10:24 AM America/Chicago

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I think these changes will encourage poster presenters to attend their session and am now, for once, looking forward to presenting my own poster!
  • Posted Wed 04 Sep 2013 10:03 AM CDT
Thanks for the post. The program committee is very excited about these poster changes. We do want to increase interaction and networking, the very things that make AHA Scientific Sessions such a great place to present our science. Try it out this year and continue to send us your comments! We especially hope people like the Poster Professor concept.
  • Posted Wed 04 Sep 2013 10:06 AM CDT
Interesting concept. But I think it will only be successful if the poster session is scheduled when there is no concurrent oral session that is of similar research interest (what's that...Cores 2 and 7?). If the scheduling is at the same time, many of the poster presenters will also miss out on some great oral sessions. Similarly, many of the presenters (and attendees) of the oral sessions will be missing out on some great posters.
  • Posted Wed 04 Sep 2013 12:20 PM CDT
I agree completely. My impression was that one goal of reducing the number of oral presentations was to reduce concomitant oral programming, so hopefully: 1) people who would have had/attended oral presentations will attend posters, and 2) people who have posters will not miss out on related oral sessions. Looking forward to see how well this works at SS2013...
  • Posted Wed 04 Sep 2013 02:56 PM CDT

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