You have a lot of ground to cover when attending conferences—sessions to attend, people to see, networking opportunities to seize. 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 wants to help you make the most of your trip to Cancun.
“Our goal in attending the annual meeting is to connect you with industry members who are interested in your work,” says Ken Szeliga, project manager for the Center.
Here are three ways we can help you get the most out of the Radiation Research Society’s Annual Meeting this year:
1. Direct industry representatives to your presentation or poster
Are you presenting at the annual meeting? We want to drive more traffic to your posters or presentations.
“We can direct industry representatives and other interested attendees to the poster sessions and presentations of our expert Wake Forest Baptist researchers through the Wake Forest Innovations booth,” says Catherine Roy, project manager for the Center.
In addition to directing traffic through the booth, we can also share the time and place of your presentations with our individual contacts in preparation for the conference. As we interact with relevant industry members in attendance, we’ll send them in your direction.
2. Set up meetings—the right meetings—with industry interested in your research
Before and during the conference, staff from the Center can reach out to the vendors and companies that will be in attendance, targeting potential partners specifically interested in your research areas.
“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.”
Contact us before the conference and let us know what you’re working on. We’ll do our homework to find potential industry sponsor matches for you to connect with while in Cancun.
3. Be a resource
“We attend conferences in order to be a resource for you,” says Roy.
Wake Forest Innovations will have a booth set up during the conference. You can use our booth as a meeting point with potential industry partners during the course of the conference. We’ll have promotional materials there to distribute to industry sponsors.
If you connect with any industry sponsors at the conference, we can be a resource for you. We’ll meet with interested sponsors and give them details about sponsored research at Wake Forest Baptist. We can capture their contact information and even organize meetings with potential industry sponsors.
“At the conference, we can help field questions from industry and facilitate interactions between you and industry contacts,” Szeliga says.
If you are heading to the Radiation Research Society annual meeting, please let us know before you get there. Wake Forest Innovations wants to support you as you work with industry.