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We are so excited for Lilly-Traverse City 2019! We have a great lineup of presenters, and are looking forward to being back in Northern Michigan. We've gathered some helpful information for participants all on one page below, and have made a PDF for you to print out and bring with you if you would like. We can't wait to see you!





300 East State Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: 231-946-5000

The Park Place offers a free shuttle to the airport and free onsite parking for overnight guests.



Participants NOT staying at the Park Place Hotel may park at the:


303 East State Street

Traverse City, MI 49684



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Conference Schedule

Conference Program Book

Session Handouts



Conference registration check-in opens Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:30pm.

Oct. 17: 8:30am - 11:30am

Preconference Workshop - Separate registration required.


Oct. 17: 1:00pm - 6:30pm

Orientation, opening plenary presentation, concurrent sessions, and networking session.


Oct. 18: 8:00am - 6:30pm

Breakfast (provided), round table discussions, concurrent sessions, lunch (provided), a plenary presentation, and a poster reception.


Oct. 19: 8:00am - 2:45pm

Breakfast (provided), concurrent sessions, lunch (provided), and a closing plenary workshop.



Plenary Presentations: Invited speakers that are industry experts. They are generally 1-hour in length, preceded by 15 minutes of general announcements and an introduction by the conference director.


Concurrent Sessions: For each concurrent session time block, there will be 6 presentations to pick from. Each session will be in it's own room, set classroom style. The last 10 minutes of the session will be reserved for questions and completing session evaluations. All sessions have been blind peer-reviewed and include references from published literature that supports the core content. (References cited are not necessarily works of the presenter but rather published references that serve as the foundation of the work being presented.)


60-Minute: These interactive sessions generally include a "mini-lecture" format with the use of activities and demonstrations of teaching methods, as well as guided discussions about the topic at hand.


30-Minute: These shorter sessions are brisk and information driven, in which speakers present their research in a standard lecture format. 


Round Table Discussions: Presenters in the Round Table session facilitate a conversation around the topic proposed. They will provide brief overview of the topic,  followed with a short summary of their interest/experience. They then ask and receive focused questions that guide the discussion among all participants at the table. This is an opportunity colleagues to share ideas and thoughts related to a topic ofcommon interest.


Poster Presentation: Poster presentations are generally a short summary of the presenter's research intended to engage colleagues in a dialog. We will have around 20 different posters set around the room. Presenters stay at their poster and interested participants may approach them to discuss the work as they move about through the room. You can also learn about each poster through our online Poster Gallery.



We understand the value of networking at conferences and aim to promote collaborations that extend beyond the conferences into lifelong collegial friendships. We have purposefully planned for numerous networking opportunities, including:

  • New Participant Orientation (Afternoon, Day 1)

  • Opening Networking Session (Evening, Day 1)

  • Poster Reception (Evening, Day 2)

  • Meals and Breaks (Various times, All 3 days)

  • Dinner Signups (Evenings, Day 1 & 2)

  • Lilly Lounge: The Top of the Park, with amazing views of the Grand Traverse Bay, is reserved as a lounge for Lilly conference participants. We encourage you to use the space as a quiet place to reflect, relax, meet with colleagues, or check your emails.

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