JUN 6 - 11 2024 Opens: 12:00 PM EDT

The Future of Scientific Conferencing

This virtual workshop will bring together diverse perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore advantages, barriers, gaps, and opportunities in the future of scientific conferencing for the behavioral and social sciences. Areas of particular focus will include technological innovations that enable virtual and hybrid approaches, and the impact of these approaches on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) of participants and attendees as well as environmental sustainability. The workshop will incorporate innovative evidence-informed approaches to showcase the potential of a virtual platform for learning, networking, and participant engagement. Overarching aims are to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and networking, to identify cross-cutting scientific gaps regarding the role of behavioral and social science factors in scientific convenings, and to inform practical strategies for designing effective, engaging, and sustainable scientific conferences and meetings.  

This workshop is open to all interested individuals, including individuals from outside the NIH.
Day 1 (June 6) of the workshop will focus on DEIAB and environmental sustainability of scientific conferences. In between the two workshop days, the Engagement Day (June 7) will feature virtual poster presentations, small group discussions, and networking opportunities. Day 2 (June 11) of the workshop will focus on connection, engagement, and innovation in scientific conferencing.  
Individuals who are interested in submitting an abstract for the virtual poster hall should visit this link for submission and eligibility criteria and to submit (deadline: May 19):  
Closed captioning will be available for the event. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event will have the opportunity to provide this information during the event registration process. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted at least five business days before the event.

  • Sara Ackerman, Ph.D., MPH

    Associate Professor, Social Behavioral Sciences School of Nursing
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Sue Allen, Ph.D.

    Deputy Director
    Clean Conferencing Institute
  • Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

    Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
    National Institutes of Health
  • Andy Burnett, MSC

    Managing Director
    Knowinnovation Ltd
  • Carmen Corona-Sobrino, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    University of Valencia
  • Theresa Cruz, Ph.D

    National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institutes of Health
  • Dana Greene-Schloesser, Ph.D.

    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    National Institutes of Health
  • Joshua Gutwill, Ph.D.

    Clean Conferencing Institute
    eanConferencing Institute,CC
  • Michelle Joseph, MBBS, MSc, Ph.D., FRCS

    Instructor in Global Health and Social Medicine
    Visiting Fellow in the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change
    Harvard Medical School
  • Nancy Kidd, Ph.D.

    Former Executive Director of the American Sociological Association and the National Communication Association
  • Lauren Kuehne, M.S.

    Independent Consultant
    Omfishient Consulting
  • Blair MacIntyre, Ph.D.

    Head of Immersive Technology and Spatial Computing
    Global Technology Applied Research
    J.P. Morgan Chase and Co.
    Professor (on leave)
    College of Art, Media, and Design
    Khoury College of Computer Sciences
    Northeastern University
  • Jenny Mai Phan, Ph.D.

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)-funded T32
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Center for Autism, Children's National Research Institute
    Children's National Hospital
  • Lisa Meeks Ph.D., M.A.

    Associate Professor
    Family Medicine and Learning Health Sciences
    University of Michigan Medical School
  • Nils Meyer-Kahlen, M.Sc.

    Doctoral Candidate
    Department of Information and Communications Engineering
    Aalto University
  • Amit Mistry, Ph.D

    Senior Scientist
    Fogarty International Center
    National Institutes of Health
  • Sydney O'Connor, Ph.D.

    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    National Institutes of Health
  • Jessica Pokharel Ph.D.

    Manager of Research and Discovery
  • Cassandra L. Raby, Ph.D.

    Teaching Fellow
    School of Biology
    University of Leeds
  • Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling
    Department of Cell Biology
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Willem Standaert, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    HEC Liège - Management School of the University of Liège
  • Bonnielin K. Swenor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    The Endowed Professorship of Disability Health and Justice
    Director, Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and School of Medicine
  • Thomas Trøst Hansen, Ph.D.

    Head of Secretariat
    Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy
  • Ariane Wenger

    Doctoral student
    Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab)
    Department of Environmental Systems Science
    ETH Zurich
  • Lorraine Whitmarsh, Ph.D.

    Professor, Department of Psychology
    University of Bath

Planning Committee

NIH Planning Committee:
Jessica Gowda, M.S., OBSSR, NIH—Co-Chair
Sydney O’Connor, Ph.D., OBSSR, NIH—Co-Chair 
Toccara Chamberlain, M.A., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
Theresa Cruz, Ph.D., National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
Cynthia Dwyer, M.A., Office of Extramural Research, NIH
Carlos Garrido, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH
Kara Hall, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, NIH
Beth Jaworski, Ph.D., All of Us Research Program, NIH
Amit Mistry, Ph.D., Fogarty International Center, NIH
Dana Greene-Schloesser, Ph.D., OBSSR, NIH
Jean Shin, Ph.D., Office of the Director, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH
Erica Spotts, Ph.D., OBSSR, NIH

Event Guidelines

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