Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Jeff. I’m interested in helping, and my first thought is let’s clarify our vision of what we want this event to accomplish, and then it will be easier to make decisions about the topics you’ve listed (what the message is, who should be invited/involved, etc.). I will offer up a crude first draft so that others can constructively comment and edit: “The NRS’ 50th Anniversary Summit will raise national awareness of the research, education and outreach accomplishments over the last 50 years and will announce the vision and direction of the NRS for the next 50.”
This obviously needs more detail about the audiences we are trying to reach — funders? politicos? UC top admin? potential partners with lots of resources? What specific outcomes do we want to see?