The AMSMIC Annual Chairs Meeting, a conference dedicated to the challenges facing academic leaders in microbiology and immunology research. AMSMIC is involved in many activities ranging from public policy inititatives to educator workshops, and we welcome conference participation by the leadership of microbiology / immunology units within schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and public health.If you have attended an AMSMIC meeting previously, you already know the value of talking with your academic collegues and sharing their strategies for leadership. If you have ever attended, you are overdue for this important networking and career development opportunity. The conversations with colleagues at the beach are xometimes just as important as the programming in the conference room. We hope you will join us in January for a stimulating meeting and always in a spectacular setting.