Common Interest Group activities

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speed networking

Career Catalyst: Speed Networking to Create New Professional Bonds

Sunday, May 5, 3–3:45 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex
Facilitated by AOCS interest-focused and career-based communities

All registrants welcome! A structured yet casual meeting format that allows you to connect with new colleagues — five minutes at a time — in a comfortable and inviting setting. You will discover how welcoming our Society is — just bring your curiosity, smile and business cards.

meet and greet

Meet-and-Greet at the flags during the President's Welcome Reception

Sunday, May 5, 5:30 –7 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex

Grab your food and drink and then meet with others from your specific career areas—this is where you begin making connections that could lead to life-long collaborations.

YPCIG reception

Young Professional Common Interest Group Reception

Sunday, May 5, 7 –8 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex

You have mixed and mingled during the Opening Reception, but now it is time to get to know more of your colleagues in a relaxed, fun, environment. No ticket required.


We Reviewers Reception

Sunday, May 5, 7–8 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex
Organized for the Professional Educator and Student CIGs

Thank you AOCS journal manuscript, book proposal, INFORM magazine column and Lipid Library article reviewers! Let us show you our appreciation with free food and drinks (no ticket required). This will be a wonderful time to catch up with colleagues from universities around the world, to meet the editors-in-chief and editorial boards, and to learn more about future plans. Students, post-docs and faculty interested in getting involved as a reviewer are encouraged to attend!


Speed Mentoring

Monday, May 6, 2019, 1–1:45 p.m.
Expo Hall/Registration in America’s Convention Center Complex
Organized by a joint committee of the Common Interest Groups

Get and give career advice, find real-world business solutions and exchange ideas in record time. This informal and inviting activity will boost your confidence and connections. Meet with AOCS leaders, authors and recent graduates who can share their valuable experiences. The advice and connections that you make might just lead to your next career advancement!


Informal Student Get-Together

Monday, May 6, 2019, 7–8 p.m.

All students, post-docs and friends should attend for fun and comradery. Student CIG leaders will identify the location soon — have an idea? Reach out to a SCIG leader.


AOCS Member and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, May 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex
Hosted by the AOCS Networking Value Center

We appreciate YOU! Enjoy FREE food and fun as we celebrate our volunteers.

To celebrate the efforts and to honor our dedicated volunteers, we invite all attendees to join us for this FREE luncheon. If you have volunteered with AOCS in the past year, be sure to enter our special AOCS Volunteer Raffle and Giveaway! Looking to become involved and make a difference? Get inspired by those who make a difference through AOCS.


2019–2020 Planning Meetings

Wednesday, May 8, 2–3 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex

These meetings, facilitated by the CIG leadership teams, set priorities for next year’s activities and include discussions of possible webinars, technical sessions, meet-ups at other conferences and other future initiatives.