Leading Change.
Inspiring Excellence.

Our Annual Meeting is heading to New Orleans! Join us during the month of October for access to a vast slate of workshops, main events, educational tracks and social networking opportunities designed to fit our members' schedules and needs.


Brunch Groups

Sunday, October 24 | 11:00 AM 
(Participants meet in hotel lobby at 10:45 AM) 

Don't wait until the last session of the day for the networking and fun to begin. Start at brunch! Enjoy one of New Orleans favorite meals of the day, and sign up for brunch group. Sign up to reserve your spot at one of the city's favorite restaurants.

This event is not sponsored by the conference. Attendees are responsible for their own expenses. 

Newcomers to SRAI 

Sunday, October 24 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM 

First time attending an in-person SRA International event? Please join us for the Welcome and Introduction to SRAI event. SRAI has many programs that can provide Research Administrators a leg up in professional development. This newcomers welcome will provide more information on opportunities such as Certificate programs, networking with peers, and how to get involved with the SRAI community. 

Welcome & Opening General Session 

Monday, October 25 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM | Location: Grand Ballroom  

It wouldn't be an authentic New Orleans experience without a second line. Join the SRAI Annual Meeting Co-Chairs and Board to strut your stuff into the opening general session. Meeting in Salon D by 8:45 AM if you would like to participate. Volunteers will be encouraged to dress in festive attire. Select props will be available and distributed at meet up time prior to event. 

The front line band will set the stage for our opening keynote speaker, Neil E. Lamb, PhD, Vice President for Educational Outreach & Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He will be speaking on The Emerging Impact of Genomics on Our World.

Morning and Afternoon Breaks 

Monday, October 25 - Tuesday, October 26 | 10:00 - 10:30 AM & 2:30 - 3:00 PM | Location: Grand Ballroom
Wednesday, October 27 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM | Location: Grand Ballroom 

Don't let the learning stop when the session ends! The Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall showcases companies and organizations, offering products and services to help you and your institution to "Lead Change. Inspire Excellence."

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Monday, October 25 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Location: Grand Ballroom

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our peers and recognize the newest recipients of the Hartford-Nicholsen Award; Herbert B. Chermside Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration; Excellence Award; Technology Innovation and Application Award; Best Concurrent Session & Webinar Award, Rod Rose Award; Most Valuable Editor Award. Additionally, join us to recognize the newly accepted Distinguished Faculty members and the inaugural class of the Future of the Field honorees!

Opening Reception - SRAI Bayou Bash 

Monday, October 25 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM | Location: Grand Ballroom

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Pack your dress camouflage and favorite overalls because SRAI is going Swamp Chic for this year's opening reception! Whether you're traveling by plane, train, or air boat, make sure you're on time and ready for big fun in the Big Easy! Explore the sights, sounds and snacks of the bayou at this unforgettable party. Our favorite place to be is Ba-you! 

Casual attire of jeans, camouflage and overalls are encouraged. 

Rise n' Shine with the Exhibitors Series 

Tuesday, October 26 | 8:00 - 8:45 AM 

This exhibitors series is an informal networking and learning gathering facilitated by our Exhibitors and Leadership to bring research administrators together around topics of interest. Join an SRAI Rise n' Shine with the Exhibitors to hear best practices and exchange ideas with your peers. We will provide the coffee! Participants are eligible to receive 45 minutes of Continuing Education Credit. 

Click Here to see all the exhibitor sessions scheduled for Tuesday morning! 

SRAI Membership Business Meeting Luncheon 

Tuesday, October 26 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Location: Grand Ballroom

All SRAI members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual Membership Business Meeting. The business meeting will provide the annual report and budget from the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 

Symposium Poster Presentation 

Tuesday, October 26 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM | Location: Grand Ballroom

This year, YOU have the opportunity to be a part of the Symposium Poster review process! In addition to being evaluated by a review panel for the 2021 Best Poster of the Year Award, each Symposium Poster is also up for the 2021 People's Choice Award. All attendees are invited to vote for their favorite poster. 

Monday,  October 15 and Tuesday, October 26 all of the Posters will be on display in the Exhibit Hall. Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, stop by to look at the posters and meet & greet with the Poster authors. Access the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting app to vote!

Section Happy Hour Meet-Ups

Tuesday, October 26 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Want to join your Section for a drink and explore the French Quarter? Have a cocktail or mocktail and meet others from your Section. All are welcome to attend! 

This is an informal gathering and not a sponsored event, attendees are responsible for their own expenses. 

Each section has its own designated bar, please see below. 

Midwest Section: Sylvain (0.4 Miles - 8 Minute Walk)
Northeast Section: Carousel Bar & Lounge (0.2 Miles - 4 Minute Walk)
Southern Section: Old Absinthe House (0.3 Miles - 6 Minute Walk)
Western Section: The Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt Hotel (0.4 Miles - 8 Minute Walk)
International Section: Galerie 3, New Orleans Marriott 

Dinner Groups

Tuesday, October 26 |  7:30 PM
(Participants meet in hotel lobby at 7:15 PM) 

The networking and fun doesn't have to end at the last session of the day. Sign up for dinner groups and get to know your peers in a more informal setting. Sign up to reserve your spot at one of the city's favorite restaurants. 

This event is not sponsored by the conference. Attendees are responsible for their own expenses. 

New Orleans Ghost Tour (ticket required)

Tuesday, October 26 |  8:00 PM
(Participants meet in hotel lobby at 7:30 PM) 

Disease, disaster, sinister spirits, and murder most foul: French Quarter Phantoms’ New Orleans Ghost tour and Vampire Tour combo is spooky fun! Join us on our walking tour for historically accurate tales of local hauntings and vampire lore. Hear the real story of Madame LaLaurie and the LaLaurie Mansion. Your Ghost and Vampire walking tours are guided by Master Storytellers who are fully licensed by the City of New Orleans. It’s the French Quarter you want to know, as only we can show it to you! French Quarter Phantoms Ghost and Vampire combo tour are about one hour and forty-five minutes in length with a walking distance of just under one mile. 

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Closing General Session 

Wednesday, October 27 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM | Location: Grand Ballroom  

This year, before you bring your SRAI Annual Meeting experience to a close, join us for your last beignet. The Closing General Session will be with Michael White, PhD, Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities, Xavier University of Louisiana. He and his quarter will be sharing the history of jazz and serenading participants with the New Orleans Jazz Experience

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