Annual Conference

PRIM&R Annual Conference coming November 2022!

We are excited to announce that we are launching a new model for our annual conferences. Instead of hosting separate events for our animal care and use and human subjects protections communities, beginning in November of 2022, we will offer a single PRIM&R Annual Conference.

A New Model for a New Era

We believe bringing the entire research community together under one roof will better support the field and our constituents in thinking holistically about the research continuum and achieving our shared goal of advancing ethical, responsible, and high-quality research.

As the research enterprise evolves and modernizes, we aim to do the same with our educational programs. Addressing research concerns such as reproducibility and translatability demands looking at the entire research lifecycle, and emerging research technologies like gene editing and big data require coordination and communication as well as creative approaches to oversight. Many in PRIM&R’s community have responsibilities in both human subjects and animal research programs, and many of the challenges facing researchers and research oversight professionals such as supporting research rigor, managing conflicts of interest, and addressing noncompliance, are common to all areas of research oversight.

What does this mean for you?

The PRIM&R Annual Conference will continue to meet the specific educational needs of research oversight professionals, while also providing a forum for the discussion of the larger common themes that span the research enterprise.

You will have access to all the features of PRIM&R’s conferences you value—dedicated time to learn information, strategies, and best practices, and to network with your peers and seasoned experts. Plus, you’ll have additional opportunities to interact with colleagues from across the research oversight spectrum, learn new approaches to addressing contemporary issues, and explore a greater diversity of content.

What else can you anticipate from this new initiative?

  • We will host our IACUC and AER Conferences as separate events for the last time in 2021; we will host the first PRIM&R Annual Conference in 2022.
  • This five-day event is designed to allow attendees to create a conference experience that best meets their professional needs and interests, with days on either end focused on animal care and use and human subjects research content, and crossover content on areas of common interest and in-depth workshops in the middle.
  • We will offer a variety of registration packages so attendees can create a conference experience that fits within their budget, as well as a virtual meeting option for those who prefer to join us remotely.

We want your input!

We are eager to partner with our community to shape what this new event will look like. This is your meeting; we want to know what’s important to you, what you want to see and learn, and what you value most about our conferences (both in-person and virtual). Please complete this short survey to share your feedback and ask questions.  

We are excited about this new initiative, and hope you are, too! A single annual conference will further advance ethics across the research enterprise by breaking down siloed thinking, encouraging idea and resource sharing, and opening lines of communication among offices and personnel involved in the various aspects of research and its oversight. 

We will continue to provide updates about this new event, and we look forward to hearing from you along the way!