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, we will offer a single PRIM&R Annual Conference on November 14-18, 2022, in Salt Lake City, UT.


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?

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. The new PRIM&R Annual Conference will continue to meet the specific educational needs of animal and human subjects research oversight professionals, while also providing a forum for the discussion of the larger common themes that span the research enterprise (crossover content).

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.

Program Format Vision

The PRIM&R Annual Conference will span five days and  is designed to allow attendees to create a conference experience that best meets their professional needs and interests. Below please find our vision for the program:


Attendees can register only for the days most related to their day to day work, but can also add on days featuring crossover or content related to other areas of research oversight for an enhanced learning experience. In addition, we’ll provide field specific networking opportunities, as well as options that provide for cross-collaboration and networking among the various stakeholders in attendance.

Flexibility in Registering

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. Registration fees will be available in early 2022.  

We want your input!

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! To start, tell us what topics you want to learn more about as part of this new event.