The 8th Annual 

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference

Embracing Change and Transformation

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) and the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) invite you to our 8th Annual Postdoctoral Conference on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, from 10:00am to 7:00pm EST.

The conference is open to all students, postdocs, and faculty in the DMV area including, but not limited to, all Johns Hopkins schools and institutes (including Homewood, Carey, SIS, etc.), Carnegie Institution for Science, Bayview Campus, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and Morgan State University.


Early registration deadline: April 22nd, 2022, by midnight EST
Late registration deadline: April 27th, 2022, by midnight EST

UPDATE!! Abstract submission CLOSED

UPDATE!! Postdoc Slam submission CLOSED

Abstract and/or Postdoc Slam submission is not required to partake in the conference, but conference registration is mandatory for all attendees. Only postdocs may submit an abstract or apply for the postdoc slam.

Please note that conference registration, abstract submission, and postdoc slam registration use a single form — you must register for the conference, submit your abstract, and register for the postdoc slam at the same time. We do not allow separate conference registration and abstract submission and/or postdoc slam registration, but there is an option to register for the conference only if you do not wish to submit an abstract and/or register for the postdoc slam.

This year, there is a separate submission process for the Postdoc Slam, which is replacing the oral presentations. Abstracts are required only for poster presentations, as the Postdoc Slam requires a video submission. We encourage postdocs interested in the Postdoc Slam to also submit a poster abstract.

See submission guidelines 👇

Abstracts and/or postdoc slam registrations submitted after the above stated datelines will NOT be accepted.

More about the conference

Keynote Speaker

 Dr. Stanley Andrisse.


Dr. Stanley Andrisse is an endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine researching type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Andrisse holds a visiting professorship at Georgetown University Medical Center and held an adjunct professorship at Johns Hopkins Medicine after completing his postdoctoral training. Dr. Andrisse completed his PhD at Saint Louis University and his MBA and bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University, where he played three years of Division II collegiate football. 

Dr. Andrisse’s service commitments include: Executive Director and Founder of From Prison Cells to PhD, board member on the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN), past president of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association, founder of the Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance, member on several local and national committees aimed at community outreach, youth mentor, motivational speaker, and community activist.

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Download the program here

Abstract and Slam Submission Guidelines


Please ensure your PI and co-authors are aware of your abstract submission. Posters presented at other conferences are acceptable; however, ALL submissions are final. To retract your abstract, please email Poster abstract registration deadline: April 20th, 2022.

Only postdocs are eligible to submit an abstract and present a poster.

Format and content:  One first-author abstract submission per postdoc allowed. Abstracts should include the following four sections: 1) Introduction, 2) Methods, 3) Results, and 4) Conclusions, with sections labeled accordingly. Figures and tables are not permitted in the abstract (text only). Reference section nor in-text citation required.

Length: Body of abstract is limited to a maximum of 350 words. Word count does not include title and authors. 

Abstract file size: Abstracts can be submitted as either Microsoft Word documents or as PDFs. Abstract files must be no larger than 10MB.

Poster presenters will need to virtually present their poster during a 30 minute window between 11:20 am and 12:20 pm. Details on your time slot will be sent to your contact email closer to the date of the conference.

The top posters will be awarded a prize of $150 each. 

Additional poster presentation details

Due to the virtual nature of the conference, you will have 5 minutes to present your research. Poster presenters may be flexible in choosing a presentation format (e.g. traditional poster, Microsoft PowerPoint Slides, etc.), permitting you cover the materials requested in the Poster Presentation Judging Form above. We encourage your creativity in creating a robust and dynamic virtual poster session!

To be eligible for one of the $150 poster presentation prizes, presenters MUST adhere to the Poster Presentation Judging Form.

Postdoc Slam 

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference will host Postdoc Slam Competition. At the competition, Postdocs will have 5 - 7 minutes (depending on the number of competitors) to present their work with no limitations on slides, style, or visual aids.

The application process for the Postdoc Slam requires the submission of a 1min presentation pitch, which must be uploaded as a video. Postdoc Slam registration deadline: April 18th, 2022.

Only postdocs are eligible for the Postdoc Slam Competition. 

Prize Information: Winner: $500

The rules for the application presentation are as follows:

The presentation shall not exceed 1 min.
Use of slides is optional. 
The Judging Criteria (section below) is the same as the competition presentation.
The presentation file must be less than 100MB.

As the application presentation is only 1 minute maximum, we do not expect all points within the Judging Criteria to be covered. As such, the selection process will focus on 2 categories:
Are you able to explain in an understandable manner why your research is important (Comprehension and Content)?
Are you able to capture attention (Engagement and Communication), leaving the reviewers wanting to know more about your project?

There will be an online training session on how to present your research in the format of a Slam prior to the conference. Time and date TBD. 

Not all registrants for the postdoc slam will be selected for competition. All presenting slammers will be informed if they were chosen to present or not by April 21st, 2022.


Judging criteria:

Comprehension and content

Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?

Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

Was the scientific topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?

Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?

Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?

Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?


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