First Time Attendees

Welcome first-time attendees!

As a first-time attendee, simply follow the suggestions below so that you arrive prepared and get the most value out of your #SRA2020AM conference experience.

Getting Started 
Book your hotel now! Did you know that you can book your hotel room before you complete your registration? In fact, we encourage attendees to book immediately as hotel rooms fill up fast! The sleeping room blocks and conference is held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199. Rooms are being reserved quickly, reserve your room here

Register now and save. If you are not currently a member of SRAI, select to become a member by selecting the non-member rate and you will actually save money. Register now!

Take advantage of social media. In today's world, social media is an indispensable networking tool. Use Facebook and Twitter to identify potential contacts and collaborators & to schedule working lunches and dinners prior to the conference.

Plan Your Agenda
Establish your objectives and goals. What do you want to accomplish during #SRA2020AM? Start by reviewing and prioritizing the education topics most important to your organization. It's the first step to planning your schedule. Educational program coming in May 2020. 

Search and build your agenda. The secret to feeling relaxed and organized is to build your conference agenda BEFORE you arrive in Boston! View the schedule-at-a-glance

Find Your Way
The conference is massive, with more than 1,500 people and over 30 exhibitors! Without an approach or plan, you might find yourself frustrated on the exhibition floor. You can find a map inside your printed program book, stop by the registration desk to ask a volunteer or find an ambassador for more information. If you’re looking for more information on the area outside of the conference, take a look at the official Visit Boston website for a guide on things to do!

Attend Networking Events
Are you looking to bond with fellow Research Administrator colleagues or meet new industry peers? Since you're new to the conference, it's helpful to check out the many networking events and connect with like-minded peers!

The most important networking function to attend is on Sunday, October 18 – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Welcome and Introduction to the Society. This networking event allows you to meet key people and learn about SRAI. You will be introduced to other first time attendees and ambassadors or veterans that can help you through your first SRAI Annual Meeting. Networking at the newcomers meeting can set the tone for a great experience at #SRA2020AM.  

#SRA2020AM Mobile App is Coming in September! Enhance and simplify your experience with the #SRA2020AM mobile app—navigation at your fingertips! Download the app, sign in, sync with your SRA International agenda and build your profile, access maps and activity feed and more. It’s the best way to navigate #SRA2020AM! Coming at the beginning of September. 

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