Networking Opportunities Abound at This Year's Fall Research Conference
September 23, 2014 11:00 AM
There's no argument that networking today is critical for success. At its core, networking is making contacts and encouraging an information exchange that fosters voluntary collaboration. While dissemination of information is part of the networking process, it isn't the final definition. In order to be truly successful, there needs to be some dialogue, reciprocity, and mutual interaction. Networking enhances inclusive thinking, creativity, and dialogue - all crucial elements to successful research.
Within the realm of research, networking can attract critical co-funding of a project and enhances innovation. It also enables sharing and strengthening of capacity, encourages ownership and cooperation, and helps match needs and solutions. Networking is fundamental in both doing and communicating your research. If part of your core process, a network builds a set of channels for disseminating and communicating your research results; the more involved the receivers are in helping develop the content of communication, the more likely they are to respond and act on it.
More generally, networking as means of communicating research is about ensuring that the spaces, time, and opportunities are present to enable that communication to take place. A large part of the design of future research needs to include networking and communication opportunities in order to be able to deal with the complexities that are faced in researching development issues.
Knowing how important networking is for our members and their work, we've made sure that attendees to this year's Fall Research Conference have ample opportunities to connect and network. From joint receptions to our new and revamped exhibit hall, poster sessions to caucuses, this year's conference – APPAM's largest – provides several avenues for members and attendees to build their professional networks, find new collaborations, and discuss recent research.
APPAM/NASPAA Joint Reception at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum
November 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Attendees of both the APPAM and NASPAA conferences are invited to attend this joint reception at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Network with colleagues amidst cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying exhibits on the history of air ballooning. The museum provides an expansive view of the Sandia Mountains and tethered hot air balloon rides will be available.
New Member/First Time Conference Attendee Reception
November 5, 8:30 – 10:00 pm
APPAM welcomes new members and first time conference attendees for cocktails and dessert in the Hyatt hotel bar. Get to know other professionals and students, and meet the APPAM Policy Council. This is a great opportunity to learn more about APPAM activities and how to make the most of your first time at the Fall Conference. All new members and first time conference attendees will be invited to attend.
Throughout the conference
In our revamped Exhibit Hall, attendees are encouraged to visit various tabletop exhibits on display from APPAM institutional members and conference sponsors. Also new this year is APPAM Central, where Association staff will be available to answer your questions and provide assistance. You can also take a breather in our our cyber lounge, where complimentary wifi will be available for attendees.
November 6, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and led by a moderator. Participants are encouraged to discuss new and trending research topics, ideas, and policies.
Opening Reception at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
November 6, 6:15 – 8:30 pm
One of our conference's premier networking events, join your fellow attendees to kick off the conference over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails inside the prestigious Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.
Bright Futures Breakfast
November 7, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Students and recent graduates are welcome to attend this event (with invitation) for a buffet breakfast and an opportunity to network with other students, young professionals, recruiters, hiring managers, and experienced professionals. All student conference attendees, exhibitors and organizations interviewing at the conference will be invited to attend.
November 7, 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Immediately following the APPAM Presidential Address by outgoing President Angela Evans, join your fellow APPAM attendees for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. One of the conference's most popular events, enjoy discussing the conference, making connections, and sharing new discoveries as the conference winds down.
With so many opportunities at this year’s conference, take some time to connect with your peers. You can use the new conference app to make connections, share notes, and schedule your time effectively. Who knows, you may locate a great research collaborator, discover a new direction of study, or find a mentor. The possibilities are endless—but it’s up to you to make the most of it.