Annual Faculty Retreats

Faculty retreat 2023

Please join us for the 2023 Faculty Retreat! 

We are grateful to professors Ulf Dieckmann and Lauren Sallan for their input in planning and putting together this year’s agenda.

Date: Friday, April 14, 2023

Time: 09:00 – 13:30 (lunch provided)

Date: Conference Center, Meeting Room1.

This year, faculty will have the opportunity to learn more about research from units they are less familiar with, and to strategize about potential areas of connection for interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations, shared equipment, jointly hosting interdisciplinary postdocs, or workshop proposals.

We aim to make this a productive workshop with tangible outcomes that benefit your research unit, and create a closer faculty community.

This is YOUR retreat, designed by your colleagues.

Please RSVP by Monday March 27th

Register HERE


9:00 Registration – coffee and light breakfast
9:15 Presentation of the 2023 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award
9:30 Part I:

Research speed dating - Faculty present key themes of their research, main research approaches, areas for potential interdisciplinary collaboration (no more than 3 min per faculty)

10:50 Group photo
10:55 Break
11:05 Faculty group into teams of 3 to discuss potential collaboration in one or more of the following areas: grant proposal; workshop proposal; hosting interdisciplinary postdoc; other.
12:00 Teams present their ideas to entire group; receive feedback; potential for additional collaborations, equipment sharing, networks, etc.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Adjourn


Faculty retreat 2022

Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award - Prof. Paola Laurino

Faculty retreat 2022 - Group photo

Collaboration & conversation

Date: Friday, July 8, 2022 @ Seaside House.

Topic: Lab Productivity


  • To share, examine, and provide feedback on challenges, ideas, and strategies related to Lab Productivity;
  • To collaborate with colleagues to formulate best practices on effective lab management, productive team development, communication, leadership styles, inclusive mentorship, and other important aspects of cultivating a productive, vibrant research team;
  • To strengthen our sense of community and collegiality as OIST faculty.


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome (Peter Gruss)
10:05 – 10:15 Presentation of Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award and Honorable Mention Certificates
10:15 – 10:20 Overview of retreat
10:20 – 11:10 Collaborative groups: Best practices; drawing on research on lab productivity/lab climate; data from students
11:10 – 12:00 World café: distilling ideas, strategies, addressing roadblocks/challenges; Breakout sessions on prioritization, resources, and next steps
12:00 – 13:00  Lunch and community

Best Practices Resources for Cultivating a Productive, Inclusive Research Environment