Annual Training Conference

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“Unlocking Opportunity through Innovation”

The 18th Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Lexington, KY on October 8-11, 2019. Information on conferences beyond 2019 can be found on the Training Opportunities page. Conference details and registration are posted in the late spring of each year.

Questions about conference registration should be directed to the President-Elect and Program Committee Chair.

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  Registration

AFQAM Member: $300 ($350 after August 9th)
Non-Member: $350 ($400 after August 9th)

Registration refunds will be applied according to the following schedule:

  • Refund requested before 9/9/19: 100% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/9/19 and 9/23/19: 75% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/24/19 and 10/6/19: 50% refund
  • Refund requested on or after 10/7/19: no refund

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  Accommodations and Travel

Hyatt Regency Lexington
401 West High Street
Lexington, KY, 40507
859-253-1234

Rooms will be $159/night , with some available at the prevailing government rate ($112). NOTE: If your agency doesn’t require you use the government rate, please save those rooms for those member’s whose agencies DO require it.

Online reservations are available, or call with the group code G-AFQA.

Air travelers should plan to arrive at the Bluegrass Airport, Lexington, KY.

The Hyatt Regency runs a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport. Call the hotel to arrange for this free transportation.

  Conference Agenda

Monday October 7th (Pre-Conference Workshops)

Registration links and abstracts for the pre-conference workshops are available here.

ANAB
Risk-Based Thinking: A Better Approach to Management System Effectiveness and Continuous Improvement

Qualtrax
Assessing and Documenting Risk: Using Customized Workflows to Comply with ISO 17025:2017

Lab Safety
Safety in the Laboratory

Tuesday October 8th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

6-8 AM
BREAKFAST

8:00AM
John Tilley
Welcome and Introduction

8:15AM
Warren Merkel
Keynote Address

9:00AM
Jeremy Triplett
Controlled Substances White Box Study

9:30AM
VENDOR BREAK

10:00AM
ANAB/A2LA
Updates with the Accrediting Bodies

10:30AM
Kentucky State Police
Rapid DNA

11:30AM
Jeremy Triplett
THC Quants

12:00PM
LUNCH

1:30PM
Dr. Raj Santhappa
Safety

2:30PM
VENDOR BREAK

3:00PM
Risk Management Round Table

3:30PM
Questions with your Accrediting Body


6-8 PM
EVENING VENDOR RECEPTION

Wednesday October 9th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

6-8 AM
BREAKFAST

8:00AM
Patti Williams
Proficiency Testing

9:30AM
VENDOR BREAK

10:00AM
Sara Bitner
Project Management

11:30AM
LUNCH

1:00PM
Travis Worst
Publishing a Scientific Paper

2:30PM
VENDOR BREAK

3:00PM
AFQAM Business Meeting


5:30PM
Dinner and Tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery (Ticket Required)

Thursday October 10th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Workshop abstracts are available here.

BREAKFAST: 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Morning Sessions: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
BREAK: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Leadership Training (Rick StBlancard)
  • Validation vs. Performance Checks (Richard Remy)
  • Risks and Opportunities (Anja Einseln)

LUNCH: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
BREAK : 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Cultivating Responses to Stress (Amy Jeanguenat)
  • Communication (Jessica Toms)
  • ISO/IEC 17020 (2012) vs ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) (Anja Einseln)

Friday October 11th (8:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

6-8 AM
BREAKFAST


8:00AM
Amanda Pontius
Ranee Ho
Theresa DeAngelo

Panel Discussion: Training and Onboarding

9:00AM
Blythe Toma
Optimizing Internships

10:00AM
BREAK

10:30AM
Lori Ana Bromberg
Risk Assessment Committee

11:00AM
Allan Buxton
Secure Forensics

  Evening Event

Dinner and Tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery ($45)
Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Even if you don’t like Bourbon, join the fun on a Buffalo Trace Distillery tour.  Learn about master distiller’s quest for perfection, how weather, water, and limestone play a role in the manufacturing, and enjoy a Kentucky themed meal with your AFQAM friends.

Kentucky is known for three things: bluegrass, horses and bourbon.  Ninety-six percent (96%) of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky.  Some of the bourbons produced take 23 years to mature.  The process from corn fermentation to bottling is a fascinating.  The historical aspects of bourbon making will interest all history buffs and the chemical process of yeast fermentation and ethanol extraction would interest any chemist/biologist, even if you are not a bourbon drinker.

“In Kentucky, buffalo carved a pathway that was followed by America’s early pioneers. On the spot where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River, we’ve been making legendary bourbon whiskey for over 200 years. Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. During Prohibition the distillery was even permitted to remain operational, to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes.”

In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them westward, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was created.  Within the past decade, Buffalo Trace has won more awards than any other distillery in the world, including an unmatched seven “Distillery of the Year” titles. Still American family owned and located in Franklin County, Kentucky, the distillery’s rich history includes such legendary distillers as E.H. Taylor, Jr, George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp and Elmer T. Lee. The distillery sprawls impressively over 130 acres and is home to four centuries of architecture – all still fully operational.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery is the home of the famous Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, EH Taylor, and many more famous bourbons.  

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