2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session


The NCSCE Washington Symposium will be held on September 28-30, 2014. The theme for this year's sympsosium will be Science Education, Civic Engagement, and the Role of Evidence in Public Policy.


The Washington Symposium and Poster Session is an opportunity for members of the SENCER community, and others interested in the intersection of science and public policy to share the results of their on-campus projects and demonstrate their impact on campus, as well as their implications for the wider community.


The meeting will begin on September 28 at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Our program will feature presentations and a panel discussion with Professor Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology and director of the Cultural Cognition Project at of Yale University, who will help us think about the challenges of science communication and its relationship to public policy, and Professor Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at  Columbia University, who will help us consider “the evidence on evidence.”  


On Monday, September 29, the Symposium moves to the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to a presentation from Jessica Wyndham of AAAS, our Monday program will feature invited short papers and panel presentations, project updates from current NSF and other supported initiatives in formal and informal education, and presentations by SENCER Leadership Fellows, NCSCE Scholars and others.


On Tuesday, September 30, we move to the Cannon Caucus Room of the US House of Representatives on Capitol Hill where we will gather for the Capitol Hill Poster Session, the William E. Bennett Award presentation, closing remarks, and a buffet luncheon. Attendees who propose sessions or posters can be scheduled for a meeting with their member of Congress. National Center staff will help make these appointments for presenters, on request.

To register for the Symposium, please use this form. The deadline for registration is September 3, 2014.  Late registrants will be considered on a space available basis only.


Registration Fee - Poster Presenters

If your poster was accepted for presentation, please complete the online registration by September 3, 2014.The registration fee for those presenting posters at the 2014 NCSCE Washington Symposium is $300 and covers admission to all program sessions, program materials, and several meals, including a reception on Sunday, breakfast on Monday, and lunches on Monday and Tuesday. NCSCE staff will also work to arrange Congressional appointments for poster presenters, upon request. Participants are responsible for making their own lodging and travel arrangements, and lodging options have been identified by NCSCE staff (please see link on the sidebar of this page).

A very limited number of “scholarships” are available to support student participation (through a discounted fee for students attending the Symposium with faculty members or other institutional representatives). Your application should indicate if you would like to be considered for scholarship aid.

Registration Fee - All Others

If you did not propose a poster but are interested in attending the program, you may register on a day-by-day basis, based on space availability. Registration for attendance at the program on Monday, September 29th is available for $25. Participants in Monday’s program will hear project updates from current NSF and other supported initiatives in formal and informal education, as well as presentations by SENCER Leadership Fellows and NCSCE Scholars. The day will also feature a presentation by Jessica Wyndham of AAAS on science and human rights. Registration will remain open until September 3, 2014.


A limited number of places are also available for attendance of only Sunday’s program, featuring Dan Kahan and Andrew Gelman. These places are available for $25 as well.

Please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s Faculty Development Events Program Coordinator by phone at (202) 483-4600 or by email at kyle.simmons@ncsce.net with any questions about the Washington Symposium.


Photograph of students from Indidna State University presenting at the 2013 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session.


Symposium Information



The 2014 Washington Symposium agenda is available here.

Invited Poster Presentations and Speakers

Abstracts of invited poster presentations are available here.

Information on 2014 Washington Symposium Plenary Speakers is Available here.

Lodging Information

Click here for more information on suggested hotels for the Washington Symposium.