CLIC Un-Meetings


An Un-Meeting is:

  • An event without the rules and structure of a traditional conference, where the interests and ideas of attendees drive the topics of small group discussions all around a common theme.
  • An interactive way to cultivate ideas and make productive connections across academic centers and between academia, industry, government, and the community with the goal of developing multidisciplinary, collaborative partnerships.
  • A catalyst for inspiring future collaborative research, grant applications, manuscripts and publications through the sharing of experiences, ideas and best practices.

How is the Un-Meeting structured?

  • The “un-agenda” kicks off with brief “4 x 4 presentations” (4 slides in 4 minutes), then attendees are given time dedicated to idea generation that will shape the topics of the breakout sessions, and finally that is followed by the breakout sessions.
  • “Un-rules” guide the day, including the “law of two feet” which encourages participants to find the topics and conversations which most inspire them.

Hosting an Un-Meeting

Success of The CTSA Program is predicated on the idea of Team Science and the collaborative nature of the consortium. Similarly the Un-Meeting concept is driven by the same principles. There is no “one-way” to host an Un-Meeting and in that spirit CLIC sponsors an annual Un-Meeting to be hosted by a CTSA Program funded hub. We also provide you some “lessons learned” if you would like to host an Un-Meeting on your own.

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Host Your Own Un-Meeting

  • CLIC Un-Meeting Visual Event Guide

Un-Meeting Event Guide_2019.pdf

CLIC Hosted Un-Meetings

Once a year CLIC will host a “NCATS-responsive” Un-Meeting. The topic for this Un-Meeting will be one that is chosen by NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation who oversees the CTSA Program. The annual targeted date for this NCATS Responsive Un-Meeting is typically the end of May early June.

The topics for these NCATS Responsive Un-Meetings have typically been responsive to National crises like the Opioid Epidemic and more recently the CTSA response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics that are not as responsive to a larger crisis typically fall into the CTSA Program in Action Goals as defined by NCATS. Past topics have included topics such as applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in clinical research.

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Participating in an Un-Meeting

Upcoming Un-Meetings

There are currently no upcoming CLIC-sponsored Un-Meetings. Please check back for updates.

If you would like to learn more about past Un-Meetings you can View Previous Un-Meetings.