Update from the NORDP 2018 Conference Co-Chairs


Dear Colleagues,

We are five weeks away from the start of our 10th annual conference, May 7-9, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia.

It has been a privilege to help organize this conference with a large group of volunteers who have worked with us on communications, pre-conference workshops, reviewing abstracts, securing speakers, and completing the myriad of details that go into organizing our annual NORDP gathering.

Your response has been tremendous and we currently have more than 500 people registered to attend! This represents 57% of NORDP members, a significant number when you consider the industry average of 20% for association conference attendance.  NORDP has quickly become the forum where Research Development (RD) professionals find critical mass within their community to share ideas and resources, professional development, mentoring, and cutting-edge presentations and speakers in the burgeoning profession of RD.

Our membership numbers reflect this trend as well. From fewer than 100 members in 2009 to approximately 700 in 2017, we currently have 880 Active Members!

It’s not too late to register for NORDP 2018 – please visit our website to register online.

For those of you who are already registered, here are a few things you can do to prepare for the conference:

  • Download the free NORDP 2018 Mobile Conference App by ATTENDIFY from your app store*, create your profile, and browse the conference sessions to create a personalized schedule;
  • Register for the Monday April 9, 1:30 pm EDT, NORDP Webinar on Getting Ready for NORDP 2018;
  • Login to the Members Only section of nordp.org to find the 2018 Conference – Hotel Room Sharing Forum if you would like to find a roommate to save on your hotel accommodations. Shared rooms are billed at $249/night plus tax (single occupancy is $239/night plus tax).

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about the upcoming conference, feel free to contact us rdconf@nordp.org.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Arlington in May!

Best regards,

Karen Eck, Ph.D.
NORDP Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President for Research
Office of Research
Old Dominion University

Kari Whittenberger-Keith, Ph.D.
NORDP Conference Co-Chair
Research Development
Office of Sponsored Programs
Co-Director, Responsible Conduct of Research
Office of Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

* To download ATTENDIFY, go to your app store, and search for and download the ATTENDIFY app. Then search for “NORDP 2018” and click on “Join.” After you create your profile, you’ll be connected to your fellow conference attendees and able to receive push notifications about happenings and updates during the conference, locate sessions and rooms, find information on sponsors and speakers, and create your personal schedule. Give it a try on your smartphone or tablet, and get ready for NORDP 2018!


We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

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