One of the best things about ObesityWeek is the many opportunities for students and early career professionals to interact with scientists, clinicians and professionals across a range of specialty areas and career stages. This year’s events will feature dynamic speakers, insightful poster presentations and private networking opportunities for attendees. Take a look at a few of the opportunities below and share the details with your friends and colleagues.



TOS Academic Workshop

Monday, October 30, 2:30-5:00pm
Join the Early Career Committee for its annual FREE Pre-Conference Academic Workshop. This year, we are honored to have Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis from UNC Chapel Hill as our keynote speaker. Dr. Mayer-Davis is the Cary C Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, Chair of the Department of Nutrition, and Co-Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Following the keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group “roundtable” discussions.

Table topics will include:

Biosketch/CV Review: Learn how to optimize your CV, better describe your scientific contributions and be more competitive for funding from experienced program officers and senior fellows.
K-awards: Learn everything you need to know about NIH awards from David Saslowsky, PhD, Program Director for the Career Development (“K”) Awards in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition NIH.
Careers at NIH: Discuss game-changing NIH career opportunities with Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD, who is Chief of the Section on Growth and Obesity in the Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics at NIH.
Career Development: Learn how to navigate tricky negotiations and start-up packages, master interviewing and time management techniques and successfully establish your first lab.
Networking: Learn the skill of effective networking and making a good first impression, highlighting your research at conferences and developing critical interpersonal skills.

And get a head start on networking at ObesityWeek with a meet-and-greet session after the Workshop with representatives from TOS’s Sections, the Early Career Member Committee and TOS Fellows.

TOS Lightning Talks

Tuesday, October 31, 3:30-5:00pm
Twelve early career members with top-scoring abstracts will present their work as 3-minute talks. They will be challenged to effectively and efficiently communicate their scientific findings to a broad audience using just one slide. Join us to get a glimpse of the innovative obesity research being conducted by your peers and vote for the best!

TOS Industry Panel

Tuesday, October 31, 6:30-7:30pm
Learn about life outside of academia! The Early Career Committee will host three panelists for a discussion and brief Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build dynamic careers. Moderated by Sylvia B. Rowe, President-SR Strategy, LLC, this panel is free and open to all attendees.

TOS Industry Reception

Tuesday, October 31, 7:30-8:30pm
Immediately following the Industry Panel, all attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet and network with the panelists at this complimentary industry reception. Hors d’oeuvres included!



Get Published!

There’s still time to submit an abstract for OW2017. Friday, July 21 until Monday, August 7, submit your research for consideration – ALL new data is welcome! Exceptional submissions will be offered the opportunity to present oral and poster abstracts.

Why submit your research?

  • Boost your career by presenting to peers at the world’s largest obesity research
  • Garner attention for your research by presenting at a reputable conference
  • Publish and gain valuable experience by presenting your research


$100 Registration Reimbursement

Student volunteers who serve as room monitors for ObesityWeek sessions or assist TOS staff members in other functions as needed are eligible for a registration reimbursement of $100. There are a limited number of spaces available; all volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register as student/early career to be notified of volunteer opportunities.

Save on Housing?

Access the ObesityWeek Housing Share Forum to find a roommate! Please remember, you can only reserve rooms in the ObesityWeek housing block AFTER you have registered to attend the conference.