We are so excited for Lilly-Bethesda 2020! We have a great lineup of presenters, and are looking forward to being back in the greater D.C. area. We are currently working on the 2020 program; check back soon for a full schedule of sessions, list of accepted presenters, and session abstracts.


Conference registration check-in opens Thursday, May 28 at 12:30pm.

May 28: 9:00am - 11:30am

Preconference Workshop - Separate registration required. Morning coffee break provided.


May 28: 1:30pm - 6:30pm

Opening remarks, facilitated round table discussions, concurrent sessions, and an opening networking reception. Afternoon snacks and light reception refreshments provided.


May 29: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Round table discussions, a plenary presentation, poster presentations, and concurrent sessions. Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks provided.


May 30: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Round table discussions, concurrent sessions, and 2 plenary presentations. Breakfast, morning coffee, and lunch provided.



Plenary Presentations: Invited speakers that are industry experts. They are generally 1-hour in length, preceded by 15 minutes of general announcements and an introduction by the conference director.


Concurrent Sessions: For each concurrent session time block, there will be 7-8 presentations to pick from. Each session will be in it's own room, set classroom style. The last 10 minutes of the session will be reserved for questions and completing session evaluations. All sessions have been blind peer-reviewed and include references from published literature that supports the core content.


60-Minute: These interactive sessions generally include a "mini-lecture" format with the use of activities and demonstrations of teaching methods, as well as guided discussions about the topic at hand.


30-Minute: These shorter sessions are brisk and information driven, in which speakers present their research in a standard lecture format. 


Round Table Discussions: Presenters in the Round Table session facilitate a conversation around the topic proposed. They will provide brief overview of the topic,  followed with a short summary of their interest/experience. They then ask and receive focused questions that guide the discussion among all participants at the table. This is an opportunity colleagues to share ideas and thoughts related to a topic of common interest.


Poster Presentation: Poster presentations are generally a short summary of the presenter's research intended to engage colleagues in a dialog. We will have around 20 different posters set around the room. Presenters stay at their poster and interested participants may approach them to discuss the work as they move about through the room. You can also learn about each poster through our online Poster Gallery.



We understand the value of networking at conferences and aim to promote collaborations that extend beyond the conferences into lifelong collegial friendships. We have purposefully planned for numerous networking opportunities, including:


  • Opening Networking Session

  • Poster Presentations

  • Meals and Breaks

  • Dinner Signups

  • Lilly Lounge: The Terrace is reserved as a lounge for Lilly conference participants. We encourage you to use the space as a place to reflect, relax, and meet with colleagues.



  • Detailed Daily Schedule

  • Session Abstracts

  • List of Accepted Presenters

  • Conference Workbook

  • Mobile Conference App

  • Poster Gallery

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