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Call for “Brown Bag” Special Interest Groups *CLOSED*

The Society for Prevention Research 20th Annual Meeting, “Promoting Healthy Living through Prevention Science”, will take place May 29 – June 1, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, DC.

The SPR Program Planning Committee is offering a new activity at the SPR 20th Annual Meeting, “Brown Bag” Special Interest Groups (SIG), and we invite members to chair and convene a SIG. The purpose of the “Brown Bag” SIGs is to facilitate networking opportunities of conference attendees who would like to discuss in greater depth a specific prevention research, policy, or practice topic. The “Brown Bag” SIG convener is expected to be in attendance and facilitate the meeting, which would be open to all interested SPR conference attendees. The “Brown Bag” SIG can be formal with a planned agenda or informal depending upon the convener and the participants.

After the requests for SIGs have been received, SPR will circulate the list to the conference attendees who may sign up in advance, although advance registration is not required. SPR will coordinate the meeting space and time and approximately two weeks in advance of the meeting will provide the convener with the list of attendees who have signed up in advance. If you would like to convene a “Brown Bag” SIG, please complete the online survey by January 31, 2012.

The “Brown Bag “ SIGs will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 or Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, which is during the lunch break (11:45 am – 1:15 pm). Participants would purchase a lunch in the hotel or from one of the lunch spots nearby the hotel and bring it with them to the meeting. Meeting space is limited. We will confirm your request via e-mail by mid-March 2012. If the number of requests exceeds space limitations, the SPR Program Planning Committee will prioritize decisions based on representing a diversity of SIGs to best capture the interests of the membership. Confirmed “Brown Bag” SIGs will be listed in the conference program, which will indicate the date, time, convener, and meeting room assignment.

Requesting a “Brown Bag” SIG: If you would like to convene a “Brown Bag” SIG, please complete the online survey by January 31, 2012.

If you have any questions about “Brown Bag” SIG meetings, please contact Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, at either jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org or call 703-934-4850, ext. 213.