Invitation to AGS for Future of Biosciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Training, May 3

Dear colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to participate in the national Future of Biosciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Training meeting, being held Sunday evening, May 3rd, through Tuesday evening, May 5th, on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Much has been written in recent years about strains in the current training paradigms for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the biosciences.  Although a number of possible policy and practice solutions have been proposed, there has not been a national conversation among a large, representative group of stakeholders to discuss these various proposals in depth, and perhaps generate new ideas. This meeting will convene stakeholders and facilitate a national conversation.

There will be plenary talks Monday morning to set the stage, but the majority of the meeting will be devoted to concurrent workshops, listed below, that will wrestle with ideas and develop recommendations.  The web site and registration for the meeting can be found at [].   The registration fees is $100; links to blocks of local hotel rooms (special pricing) and travel information can be found at the web site. Registration will close March 3, though, depending on space availability, late registration might be possible until April 1 if space permits.  It is advisable to reserve hotel rooms from the reserved blocks as soon as possible, especially if you would like to stay close to the meeting venue.

We aim for broad representation from graduate educators and administrators from universities and medical schools, postdoctoral offices, the National Postdoctoral Association, NIH, NSF, the FASEB Societies, the National Academies, the private sector, and individuals who have invested effort over the years in addressing these issues.  If you have any questions or would like to investigate late registration, please contact David Engelke (


Dave Engelke

For the Organizing Committee


David R. Engelke

Professor and Chair of Biological Chemistry

The University of Michigan



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