Dear colleagues:

Happy New Year! We would like to invite you to join us for workshops on your campus to learn more about the Discovery Partners Institute and to provide input to the eight working groups that are helping to chart DPI’s course. Each workshop will have a plenary session where DPI updates will be provided, but the majority of the time will be spent in parallel tracks organized by the working groups to gather your input.

We ask that you register for the workshop(s) you would like to attend so we can make appropriate space accommodations. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Dates and locations for the events are as follows, and more details will be sent to registrants:

Feb. 11 – iHotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 26 – Public Affairs Center Conference Center, One University Plaza, Springfield – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 1 – location TBD – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We are thrilled with the response to our last call to submit activity proposals and join experts groups, as we received nearly 50 proposals and almost 1,000 members joined the expert groups to guide DPI’s development. We plan to announce the recipients of the first round of DPI seed grants early this semester.

We hope you can find time to join us for these important workshops as we continue to chart the course of DPI.



Bill Sanders
Interim Director, DPI

Phyllis Baker
DPI Academic & Research Initiatives

On behalf of the DPI working group chairs, leads, and members

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