NICHD Human Placenta Project

Support Second Annual Meeting of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Human Placenta Project: Placental Structure and Function in Real Time

Client

Support Second Annual Meeting of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Human Placenta Project: Placental Structure and Function in Real Time

Challenge

Plan and execute a scientific meeting to bring together researchers from many fields to discuss how to monitor the placenta in real time.

Palladian Approach

With more than 400 registrants, the 2015 Human Placenta Project meeting was much larger than most NICHD meetings Palladian supports. This meeting was a follow-up to the Human Placenta Project’s very successful first meeting, in 2014, which we also supported. We provided:

  • travel support
  • speaker coordination support
  • graphics
  • proofreading and editing of all meeting materials
  • onsite registration and support
  • written summary of meeting

In addition to the usual full support, our meeting planners worked out logistics for several special requests at the 2014 meeting, including:

  • matching participants to breakout sessions based on expressed interest and room capacity
  • finding an appropriate space for a poster session
  • graphics
  • collecting, proofreading, and formatting poster session abstracts
  • onsite registration and support
  • communicating with poster presenters about such details as thumbtacks and poster size requirements

Our meeting planners also responded quickly and creatively to a last-minute request for idea boards that would give all attendees the opportunity to write down ideas related to a certain set of concepts. The meeting planners worked with our graphic designers to create large laminated posters using the Human Placenta Project graphics and the list of concepts. Attendees were invited to add their ideas using sticky notes. The ideas were organized and discussed in a productive general session at the end of the second day of the meeting.

Results

  • Convened a large group of researchers effectively to discuss assessment of the human placenta and advance research.
  • Delighted the client with our creativity, competence, and calm.

 

Services

  • Materials Development
  • Conference Services
  • Writing Support

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