The Encounter originated in 1996, motivated by the lack of venues for vector biologists to interact in a relaxed atmosphere.
The idea behind the Baltimore Vector Encounter is to capitalize on the small scale of the event by:
This is not a traditional scientific gathering...everyone can catch up with the hard data at one of the bigger meetings!
Many collaborations between laboratories have started as a direct result of these Encounters, and interactions between laboratory directors and students have resulted in offers of postdoctoral positions.
The Encounter focuses on discussion of ideas rather than on presentation of data. The talks are short and the program has generous break time to maximize interactions (see Sample Schedule ).
Each laboratory, large or small, has a 10–15 minute slot to present a chalk talk during which the head of the lab outlines present and future research directions and describes the most exciting results from the lab. In general, the talks focus on ideas for research directions and plans for the immediate future. It is often more useful to discuss what one plans to do than what has already been done.
Chalk talk is the only format used for presentations—no projection equipment of any kind is available.
Baltimore Vector Encounter takes place in June, beginning on a Friday morning and ending Saturday evening. Exact dates and other details are posted on this website in early February. The Encounter is held at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Goucher College campuses in Baltimore, Maryland.
Online registration, accessed through this website, is usually available between February 1 and mid-April , depending on the date of the conference.
The Encounter is meant for all scientists interested in some aspect of vector biology: students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and administrators. Broad interaction among scientists from many sub-disciplines enhances the value of the event. Population biologists and vector ecologists are especially encouraged to attend to complement the strong contingent of molecular biologist regulars.
The Baltimore Vector Encounter is sponsored by, and receives financial support from, the Malaria Research Institute of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHMRI).
Costs to participants are minimal. Registration fee is $30 which includes lunch both days and two breaks each day. There is a charge for Friday night dinner, but that is also generously subsidized by JHMRI.
The main costs to participants are travel and lodging. Participants have the option of staying at low-cost and conveniently located Goucher College dormitories.
Questions may be addressed either to the organizer, Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the program coordinator, Ms. Maryann Smith, email@example.com, 443-287-4853.
If you wish to be included in the email announcements for the event, please send a request to Ms. Smith.