AIRI was founded in 1961 to promote communication among member institutions and to further the pursuit of common interests, especially with regard to federal issues that affect research funding and regulation.

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AIRI 55th Annual Meeting

West Palm Beach, Florida      September 11-14, 2016

AIRI Annual Meetings are one of the premium benefits of an AIRI Membership that members rank each year as the highlight of their AIRI Membership. AIRI has been providing member meetings for over fifty years. Each year members from across the country come together and to attend the meeting and network with colleagues.

In addition, AIRI is also proud to offer IT-focused meetings which are held every other year. Annual meetings are held in the fall each across the country, with every other year being held in Washington, DC to demonstrate our strong commitment for advocacy for independent research institutes.

2016 marks the AIRI 55th Annual Meeting. Over the course of the meeting you'll have access to nearly fifty sessions, including breakouts, focus groups, roundtables, and general sessions from your colleagues and top speakers in our field. In addition to the sessions, you'll have full access to the welcome reception, the evening event, exhibits, lunches, breakfasts, and plenty of networking time.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers on the AIRI Annual Meeting Committees for their work with this year's meeting. Click here to see the committees: program planning, breakout/focus group, and vendor support. Special thanks to our chairs: Mike Dollar and John Barnes (Program Planning); Adam Cohen (Breakouts/Focus Groups); and Jane Sheehan (Vendor Support).

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Click here to download the registration form!

Preliminary Program At-A-Glance


  • Exhibitor Setup, 1pm-5pm
  • Registration Open, 1pm-5pm
  • Focus Group Sessions, 2pm-5pm
  • Welcome Party, 7:30pm-9:30pm


  • Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits Open, 8am
  • General Sessions, Breakouts, Roundtable Lunch, Breaks, 9am-5:30pm


  • Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits Open, 8am
  • General Sessions, Breakouts, Lunch, Breaks, 9am-5:15pm
  • Evening Event, 6:30pm-9:30pm


  • Registration, Breakfast Open, 8am
  • General Sessions & Lunch, 9am-12:45pm

The AIRI Program Planning and Breakout Committees are currently working on this year's session lineup. The program is set to be released in June. Be sure to check your emails and online for the latest developments for this year's meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact David Issing at the AIRI Management Office at

Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI).