NIH SciEd Returns to Metro Center

Plenary Session Highlights

To be announced

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions on topics relevant to projects.

Networking and Poster Sessions

Meet and network with team members from other science education projects around the country.

Present a poster on your project.

Explore Games, Apps and Technology-Based Educational Materials during the Thursday reception.

Who Should Attend

  • NIH-funded science education projects -- PIs, staff, evaluators and participants
  • NIH staff
  • STEM-focused federal agency staff
  • Any other individuals interested in science education

To Do List (TL;DR)

  1. Register before April 16 to avoid late fees
  2. Book your hotel room by April 16 to get the conference rate
  3. Propose a breakout session by March 18
  4. Sign up to demo your products for the Games, Apps & Technology reception by April 16
  5. For PIs, Sign up to present a poster on your project by April 16

See more information in the FAQ below.

Breakout Sessions

  • Proposal due date: Sunday, March 18
  • Submit proposal at:
  • Breakout session length: 1.25 hours (75 minutes)
  • Conference “strands” will be:
    • Equity, diversity, and health disparities
    • Games and technology for learning science
    • Informal science education
    • Project “administration”
    • Research and evaluation methods and instruments
    • Science teaching and learning
    • Working with teachers and schools
  • Session formats most conference attendees prefer:
    • Interactive formats
    • Adequate time for discussion and sharing among participants
    • Sessions that address issues and challenges common to SciEd projects and ways to address them
    • Panel discussions where several SciEd projects discuss their approach to a topic, issue or challenge, that also include time for discussion
    • “Training” sessions on topics common to SciEd projects, such as on evaluation methods and instruments, or curriculum materials that are ready for dissemination

If you have an idea for a breakout session, but would like assistance in identifying other potential presenters, please contact Louisa Stark

Poster Guidelines

Sign up to present a poster

All NIH-funded science education projects are strongly encouraged to present a poster at the conference. Anyone else may also present a poster.

A poster provides an opportunity for you to share your project with other Conference attendees.

Poster Boards

  • Science fair type poster boards will be provided.
  • Poster boards are 48" wide x 36" high, overall. The 2 side sections are 12" wide x 36" high. The center section is 24" wide x 36" high.
  • Binder clips and push pins will be provided for attaching posters to the poster board.
  • Posters larger than the above size or that cannot be attached to the provided poster boards cannot be displayed unless you bring your own display stand.
  • Poster boards will sit on tables with room within the poster "footprint" for materials.

Poster Suggestions

  • Newer projects: share your project design and plans
  • Mature projects: share your project design and results

Poster Components

  • Funding Logo in upper right corner of right side-section

  • Funding Acknowledgement - use the official funding language for your project's funder, such as the examples below. You may place the funding acknowledgement anywhere on the poster.
    • SEPA projects (both active and no-cost extension)
      This project was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25GMXXXXXX. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
    • SEDAPA projects
      This project was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25DAXXXXXX
    • Neuroscience Blueprint projects administered through NIDA
      This project was supported by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research and administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse through Grant Number R25DAXXXXXX.
    • Neuroscience Blueprint projects funded through SEPA
      This project is funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program and administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Award Number R25DAXXXXXX. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Conference Schedule

All sessions will meet in Independence Ballroom A (Independence Level), unless otherwise noted. Breakout session rooms are on the same level.

Frequently Asked Questions

The registration fee covers:

  • All conference materials
  • Reception on Tuesday evening, May 29
  • Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, May 30
  • Breakfast, lunch and reception on Thursday, May 31
  • Breakfast on Friday, June 1

Yes, you need to book your own lodging; this is NOT covered by the registration fee.

You can book directly with the hotel at the conference rate here

Projects are strongly encouraged (but not required) to present a poster.

You must sign up to present a poster

Check the Poster Requirements above for details.

Any project or person attending the conference is welcome to present a poster.

You must sign up to present a poster

Dr. Tony Beck, the SEPA Program Officer, assigns several experienced projects to mentor each newly-funded SEPA project. A listing of these assignments will be in the conference program.

The mentor-mentee PIs and staff are invited to meet over lunch on Wednesday. The conference program will list a room for these meetings. Tables in the room will have numbers corresponding to the number assigned to each mentor-mentee group in conference program listing.

Onsite childcare can be individually arranged through NannyTainment Event Childcare. They provide insured, verified, and certified caregivers for children ranging from infants to school-age.

Phone: 703-201-2778

The PI’s of all newly-funded SEPA projects are very strongly encouraged to meet with Dr. Tony Beck, the SEPA Program Officer, over breakfast on Thursday. The meeting will begin at 7:15am.

PI’s who are new to SEPA funding as well as those who have had SEPA funding previously are strongly encouraged to attend.

The room for this meeting will be listed in the conference program.

Conference participants are invited to organize breakout sessions addressing topics of interest to science education projects.

Submit breakout session proposals

Breakout session proposals are due Sunday, March 18.

Breakout Session details are available above.

Presenters must bring their own laptop.

Large paper on an easel & markers are in all rooms

These must be requested on the breakout session proposal:

  • LCD projector and screen
  • Wired internet connection (only in penary room; free wi-fi will be available throughout the conference center)
  • Audio speakers (only in penary room)

Yes, free Wi-fi will be provided in the conference areas and in lodging rooms for all those who register through the conference lodging reservation website

Six scholarships that cover the conference registration fee will be available. The application is available here.

Scholarships are intended for individuals who will gain substantially from attending the conference as well as contribute to it, but who would not be able to attend without scholarship assistance.

Scholarship recipients’ projects are responsible for:

  • All travel expenses
  • Lodging expenses
  • Incidental expenses
  • All meals not covered by the conference registration fee

Individuals who receive a scholarship are expected to:

  • Attend the entire conference
  • Write reports on 3 of the breakout sessions they attend; these will be included in the conference report that is sent to all conference attendees.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 25.

Lodging & Venue

The Grand Hyatt is located above Metro Center Station; a hotel entrance is located in the station.

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001

Book Your Rooms

Use this link to reserve your room at the discounted conference rate.

NIH SciEd Conference Map

Contact Us

Steve Reest | 801 585 3470