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  TWD 2019 About TWD 2019
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2019 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Directors’ Meeting


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A goal of the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) is to create a community of trainers and educators dedicated to developing a well-prepared, diverse biomedical research workforce.

Toward that end, the focus of the NIGMS 2019 TWD Program Directors’ Meeting is to continue to build and strengthen the partnerships and networks within the TWD community. The meeting will be held July 30-August 2, 2019 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located in Rockville, Maryland.

The meeting will address the value of sustained networking among the grantees, students and other communities served by these programs. The meeting will enable program directors to learn more about other TWD programs; establish connections with potential new partners, especially regional “neighbors”; and collectively address the Institutes’ research training objectives.

Plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and keynote talks* will focus on the diversity of the U.S. research workforce, STEM training in the context of NIH-funded biomedical and behavioral research, and innovative approaches for evaluating and assessing NIGMS/NIH training programs.  NIGMS and NIH leaders will provide overviews of the Institute's training strategic plan and the implementation of the report from the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH.

Over 100+ hundred Poster Presentations* highlighting the diversity of TWD student and predoctoral training and research education programs, including the T32 administrative supplements, will complement the formal talks and provide an interactive forum for authors to discuss their NIGMS-funded program best practices, progress and outcomes.

Note to Poster Presenters: Abstracts for programmed poster sessions were accepted on a first- come, first-served basis. All available poster boards have been assigned.  The poster boards will be 4' high x 8' wide.  The poster board surface area is 3'8" high and 5'6" wide. 

Who should attend:  The meeting is accessible only to the named program directors/principal investigators identified on the NIGMS TWD-funded project grants at institutions with these NIGMS TWD-funded student and predoctoral training programs: Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Bridges to the Doctorate, IMSDIPERTIRACDA, MARC U-STAR, RISE, PREPNIGMS T32 predoctoral programs and the NIH Enhancing Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce programs (NRMN, BUILD, CEC.) 

As venue capacity is limited and organizers are facilitating interactive discussions, participant capacity is limited.  As a result, priority for attendance and participation at the NIGMS 2019 TWD Program Directors' Meeting has been reserved for NIGMS TWD-funded principal investigators.

Registration CLOSED at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, July 19, 2019

  (Onsite registration will not be available.)

For more information about NIGMS' TWD Division and all of its programs, visit


Last Updated: 07/29/19

2019 TWD Program Directors' Meeting is managed and organized by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by T36GM008637-21S1 and U13GM133156-01 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.