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Attending a Conference? Work with Wake Forest Innovations to Boost Interest in Your Research with Industry

You have a lot of ground to cover when attending conferences—sessions to attend, people to see. On top of that, you want to promote your own research. Your research deserves attention, but you also want the right kind of attention.

The Center for Industry Research Collaboration of Wake Forest Innovations wants to help you make the most of your conference attendance.

“When our faculty attend conferences, we would like to know,” says Ken Szeliga, project administrator for the Center. “We attend many conferences and can help promote their research at these events.”

Here are three ways Wake Forest Innovations can help you get the most out of your attendance at industry conferences:

1. Help direct industry representatives to your presentation or poster

“At the Wake Forest Innovations booth, we can direct industry representatives and other interested attendees to the poster sessions and presentations of our expert Wake Forest researchers,” says Catherine Ward, PhD, project administrator for the Center for Industry Research Collaboration.

In addition to directing traffic through the booth, we can also share the time and place of your presentations with our individual contacts. As we interact with relevant industry members, we’ll send them in your direction.

2. Setting up meetings—the right meetings—with industry interested in your research

Before and during your conferences, Wake Forest Innovations can reach out to the vendors and companies that will be in attendance, targeting businesses specifically interested in your work.

“We know conferences are busy times for researchers, so we can help with the legwork of setting up industry meetings,” says Szeliga. “The more we know about your research beforehand, the more targeted those meetings can be.

3. Being a presence

Wake Forest Innovations attends conferences to support and promote your research and the scientific discoveries happening at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Check out what conferences we are attending below, and let us know if you want us to attend a conference with you that is not listed. Our presence can help bolster the value of your work and your institution.

“At the conferences we attend, we can set up a booth, attend poster sessions to help field questions from industry and facilitate interactions between you and industry contacts,” says Ward.

Conferences we’re attending:

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
American College of Toxicology
Society for Neuroscience
American Heart Association
Society of Toxicology
Orthopaedic Research Society
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
American Diabetes Association

If you are heading to a conference, please let us know. Wake Forest Innovations wants to support you as you work with industry.

Headed to a conference to promote your preclinical or clinical work? Contact Ken Szeliga by emailing or calling +1.336.713.1402.