How to Get the Most Out of the AUTM Annual Meeting
Before You Go
The AUTM annual meeting can be a firehose of information. To avoid being overwhelmed, do a little planning up front based on your goals.
If you’re relatively new to tech transfer…
You might want to learn best practices that you can apply on the job. So look for those topics on the schedule and plan your days accordingly.
If you’re in a TTO leadership role…
Your goal might be to network with others who have the same job you do at peer organizations. If they’re a speaker, attend their session and introduce yourself before/after it. Or use AUTM Connect to schedule a time to meet with them one on one.
If you have technologies/capabilities to market…
The AUTM annual meeting provides several excellent opportunities for you to engage with potential licensees or research sponsors:
- March 9 • 1:45-5:30pm: Industry/Academia Connect and Collaborate
- March 10 • 2:00-5:30pm: Oncology and Research Tools Partnering Forum
- March 10 • 2:00-5:15pm: Pitch and Play: The AUTM Venture Challenge
And of course…
Bring lots of business cards.
Once You’re There
Here are my recommendations for making the most of your time once you arrive in San Diego.
If this is your first AUTM annual meeting…
Definitely go to the First-time Attendee Briefing and Reception on Sunday, March 8, at 4:00pm in Harbor D-F. It’s a great way to meet other first-timers as well as the AUTM leadership, as several Board members will be there. The briefing provides excellent advice for how to take advantage of all AUTM 2020 has to offer.
If you’re interested in simultaneous sessions…
AUTM videotapes some of the concurrent sessions, making the recordings available afterwards in the Annual Meeting Library. Since you can’t be in two places at once, choose to attend the session that’s not being recorded, knowing you can watch the videotaped session later.
If your TTO needs help from service providers…
The Exhibit Hall is filled with a range of vendors: accountants, lawyers, database system providers, and consultants like Fuentek. Chat with as many as you have time for. Even if you’re not the TTO’s decision maker, there’s no harm in learning what a vendor has to offer and sharing what you find out. It also expands your network, since service providers can connect you with other TTOs. Plus, you can get some great swag! Pick an aisle to peruse each refreshment break and pick up all you can. Stop by Booth #504 to get one of Fuentek’s collapsible reusable straw giveaways and learn about what we do.
If you care about diversity and inclusion in tech transfer…
Don’t miss Monday morning’s keynote address from astronaut and former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa. I am particularly excited to hear her speak, given my own Hispanic heritage, background in aerospace engineering, and commitment to diversity in STEM.
If you’re nervous…
Have fun! The AUTM annual meeting is an opportunity to spend a few days with and learn from like-minded tech transfer nerds. Enjoy it!
Find Fuentek at AUTM 2020
Exhibit Hall Booth #504
- Sunday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Monday 9:30am to 6:30pm
- Tuesday 7:30am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 11 10:30am • Harbor F
Tenure and Promotion Trends: Current Initiatives to Take Commercialization Into Account
- Danielle McCulloch, Fuentek
- Rich Carter, Oregon State Univ.
- Justin Streuli, Univ. of North Carolina–Greensboro
Wednesday, March 11 1:00pm • Harbor A
Strategies for Commercializing IP When the Customer Is the U.S. Federal Government
- Laura A. Schoppe, Fuentek
- Zane Gernhart, Univ. of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Cheryl Horst, Univ. of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Mike Paulus, Oak Ridge National Laboratory