Spring Research Festival Set for May 3 and 4; Registration Deadline April 15

By Chris Worthington, Staff Writer; photos by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer
Three men discussing a poster.

The Spring Research Festival aims to acquaint scientists, citizens, and especially students from Fort Detrick and NCI at Fort Detrick during a special two-day event.

It may not feel like spring lately, what with overnight temperatures in the 20s at times, but the 2016 Spring Research Festival (SRF) at Fort Detrick is less than a month away.

In fact, the registration deadline for posters, presentations, and the scientific symposium is April 15. If you still have not registered and would like to present a poster or give a talk, more detailed registration information can be found here, while specific poster guidelines can be found here.

The SRF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, aims to “acquaint our [NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick] neighbors––scientists, citizens, and especially students––with the nature of our research and to facilitate collaboration between partner agencies.”  The event is open to the Fort Detrick and NCI at Frederick communities and invited guests.

This year, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) will organize and run the SRF. The MRMC is working in conjunction with the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, a committee comprising representatives from each of the research entities at Fort Detrick and NCI at Frederick.

The SRF kicks off on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. with a keynote address in Building 1529 (the Community Activities Center), which will be followed by a scientific symposium from 1 to 4 p.m. The symposium will feature 15-minute oral presentations from postdoctoral fellows, postbaccalaureates, technical staff, and graduate students. 

Festival goers can also check out the scientific posters in Building 1520 (the auditorium). The posters will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and 4. Additionally, there will be a Research Collaboration Forum from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and an Emerging Disease and Technologies Symposium from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 in the Community Activities Center Classroom.

There’s plenty more to see at the SRF, too. Behind the Odom Fitness Center (Building 1507), a festival tent will house commercial exhibits showcasing cutting-edge scientific equipment and technologies, as well as booths with information on local agencies and educational opportunities for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The tent will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on May 3 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4.

For general information and to see a complete list of SRF events, visit the Spring Research Festival website. Anyone with additional questions can also contact the Spring Research Festival Administrator, Patricia Anderson, at patricia.a.anderson332.ctr@mail.mil.

Spring Research Festival logo created by Jillian DeShazer, Computer & Statistical Services – Web Development.

This year, posters will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and 4 in Building 1520 (the auditorium).