Advance Conference Program

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By attending this Conference, you will benefit from access to:

  • Keynote speakers: Thought leaders sharing their learned experiences
  • Lightning talks: Snippets of advice to develop your professional skills
  • Educational sessions: In-depth discussions of specific competencies and skills
  • Expert sessions: One-hour small group discussions on timely topics
  • Résumé review sessions: Private one-on-one sessions with ARVO member experts to help improve your CV or résumé

Wednesday, January 31
Opening Keynote: Leadership, Reinvented

9 - 10:15am

“Leadership, Reinvented goes beyond changing yourself and your organization — it calls for you and the people you lead to change the world, for good.” – Hamza Khan

To reinvent your organization, you must reinvent yourself as a leader. It's a complex and demanding process which requires operationalizing and maximizing the values of servitude, innovation, diversity and empathy. This Keynote will review these principles of Leadership, Reinvented and teach you how to incorporate these values in your journey to become a leader of the future.

Lightning talks: Establishing yourself as a leader

10:25 - 11:25am

Join us for an engaging session featuring a series of dynamic lightning talks that delve into crucial aspects of career development and leadership skills for researchers. This session is designed to provide valuable insights and practical tips for navigating the journey from mentee to mentor, honing your non-science or "soft" skills through peer feedback, building your personal brand as a leader both within and outside of the lab, effectively promoting your research group, and exploring the benefits of volunteering while learning how to find opportunities aligned with your interests.

Symposium: Leading a team

11:35am - 12:35pm

This symposium aims to equip leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of team management, foster inclusivity and champion their teams to success. We will delve into critical aspects of leadership and team management. This session provides leaders with actionable insights and strategies to enhance team dynamics, implement Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) principles, and addresses challenges such as poor performance and conflict resolution. Whether you are an experienced leader or aspiring to take on a leadership role, this session will provide valuable insights to enhance your leadership journey.

Panel: Leading through difficult times

12:45 - 2pm

A distinguished panel of experts will share their experiences and strategies for leading through difficult times in the realm of academia and research. This panel discussion will address key challenges faced by researchers and leaders, offering valuable insights and practical advice on overcoming setbacks and maintaining momentum in the face of adversity. This panel discussion is an opportunity for researchers, academics and leaders to gain valuable insights into overcoming setbacks, adapting to change and thriving in the face of challenges.

Sessions with an Expert

1:55 - 2:55pm (Choose from the following sessions)

  1. Diversifying your funding sources
  2. Joining a research consortia
  3. Maintaining your team’s confidence when bad things happen
Résumé Review Sessions

3 - 4pm (Additional sign-up required)

Thursday, February 1
Résumé Review Sessions

9 - 10am (Additional sign-up required)

Sessions with an Expert

10:10 - 11:10am (Choose from the following sessions)

  1. Transitioning from academia to industry
  2. Transitioning to policy making
  3. Transitioning to funding organizations
Keynote: Scientific leadership: Now and in the future

11:20am - 12:20pm

(more details TBA)

Lightning Talks: Unlocking research success through innovation and collaboration

12:40 - 1:40pm

This session is designed to provide a quick yet impactful exploration of diverse topics, ranging from the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration to practical tips for introverted researchers to network effectively. Join us for a dynamic session where experts will share their experiences on leveraging AI for literature reviews, creating diagrams and figures using AI and making informed decisions about pursuing new funding opportunities.

Workshop: Science Communications

1:50 - 3:30pm

This workshop is a unique opportunity to enhance your communication skills across a spectrum of audiences. The communication landscape is changing in ways that offer unprecedented opportunities to communicate and connect with others, particularly those in the lay community. Whether you're sharing your work with the public, engaging with lawmakers, seeking investor support or interacting with the media, this workshop will equip you with practical tools and strategies to effectively communicate the value and significance of your scientific endeavors. Join us to cheer on your colleagues as they put these principles into action through sample presentations.

Meet the Advance Conference opening keynote: Hamza Khan
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