2017 AFRI Animal Health and Well-Being Project Director Meeting

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Information regarding the 2017 AFRI Animal Health and Well-Being Project Director (PD) Meeting in Chicago, IL can be found below.  

Venue and Time

Friday, December 1, at the Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile (Clark Marriott Ballroom located on the 4th floor). Talks will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude by 5:15 p.m. There will be a social gathering/informal networking session where NIFA staff will provide program updates until 6:30 p.m. This is part of a satellite meeting of the CRWAD 2017 - 98th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD), December 3-5, 2017


Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Hotel Reservations

Please visit the CRWAD hotel reservation webpage for reservation information.

Electronic Program Booklet

The final program booklet has been sent via email. It consists of the program agenda and links to awardee progress reports. Progress reports should be up to date by November 13. For guidelines on what should be included in an annual report, please review the Annual Report Instructions to Awardees document. All attendees are strongly encouraged to print a copy of the booklet or save an electronic copy to use at the PD meeting. We will not provide hard copies at the meeting.

Oral Presentations

The general order of the presentations is detailed in the agenda. Presentations should mimic the TED TALKS style of presentation. Please note that talks are limited to a total of 15 minutes and are divided as follows:
  • 10 minute talk
  • 3 minute Q/A
  • 2 minute transition

Lightning Talks

The order of lightning talk presentations is detailed in the agenda. Participants will have four minutes to present to a fictional Gates-type foundation for $2 million dollars. For more information on the lightning talks, review the 2017 PD Lightning Talks document. However, participants must adhere to the following:
  • 4 minutes
  • 4 slides of data
  • New Impacts/outcomes

Poster Sessions 

Posters should be 4 ft tall by 4 ft wide. The morning poster session (Session A) is scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and the afternoon session (Session B) is from 1:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Poster presenters need to remain by their poster board and display during their scheduled presentation time. We strongly encourage all poster presenters to set up their poster displays no later than 8:00 a.m. in the Chicago Ballroom.     

Acknowledgement of Funding

Presenters are encouraged to use the NIFA identifier for the acknowledgement slide of their PowerPoint presentations or posters at the NIFA PD meeting, and at other professional meetings or conferences.

  1. For US-UK Collaborative Awards funded by AFRI Foundational Animal Health and Disease, please use the following language: "This work was funded by USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX and by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council grant # (supplied by your UK collaborator) as part of the joint NIFA-BBSRC Animal Health and Disease program.”
  2. For awards funded through the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) interagency program, use the following language: “This work was funded by USDA-NIFA AFRI grant # XXX-XXXXX-XXXXX as part of the joint USDA-NSF-NIH-BBSRC-BSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program.”
  3. All other awards must use the following language to properly acknowledge your AFRI award in your posters (as well as abstracts, project websites, published manuscripts, presentations, press releases): “This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.”
We expect that you will use our agency’s identifier in all of your slide and poster presentations resulting from your AFRI award. Additional information on appropriate acknowledgement your award can be found on the Acknowledgement of USDA Support by NIFA webpage

Confirm Attendance

To receive a name tag, choose lunch options, and confirm attendance, register using the 2017 USDA NIFA Animal Health PD Meeting Attendee Survey.

The Animal Health Team