The World Vaccine Congress is the World’s Largest Vaccine Business Development, Research, Technology Show and Conference. This year was the 14th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it was on March 24-26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Even though the conference was only three days, it was very informative. The World Vaccine Congress is a place where you will hear what is happening in the vaccine research field at all different levels: Industry, Biotech, Pharma, Government/Regulatory, NGO, Academic/Research, Investors in many parts of the world USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and much more! Many of the top leaders in vaccine research were there.
Besides attending the conference I volunteered as a Networking Genie and my job was to show people how to navigate the Free World Vaccine Nation App. When you register for the conference you can upload a professional headshot and bio for others to see. You can see the sponsors, companies, tweet and see who is attending the conference. Many of the conferences I have been to are using apps now. What do you think of apps for conferences? Do you use them?
In between volunteering and networking I made sure to use my time efficiently. There were so many meetings and people I wanted to meet. I like the fact that the meetings were broken up into different tracks because it made it easier to navigate the meetings I wanted to attend.
Overall, I enjoyed the conference, especially the meetings held in the Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases and New approaches to Leading Targets Tracks because they talked a lot about malaria and other infectious diseases vaccine research. I enjoyed being surrounded by vaccine researchers and talking to them about their research. I have been to many professional conferences before and met a few people who are doing similar things, but I never met so many vaccine research professionals. I am interested in malaria vaccine development and I want to learn as much as possible. Anyone else interested in vaccine research, specifically malaria vaccines?
In addition to volunteering and networking at the conference, I was able to narrow down my research goals. In this post and myIDP tool post I talked about how I am preparing myself for a career as a vaccine researcher. I am a toxicologist and want to transition into the malaria vaccine field. I am applying for a Phd Programs and there are many ways to get into a vaccine research career. I am now leaning toward a Phd Program in: Infectious Disease Epidemiology or Microbiology/Immunology Ph.D. Programs, but still exploring my options.
If you are a vaccine researcher are you going to the World Vaccine Congress next year? Next year is the 15th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it will be held April 7-9, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington D.C.
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