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 submit a proposal for a poster, short paper presentation, or panel please use this form. The deadline for submission of proposals is July 1, 2014.  Submitters will be notified by July 18, 2014.

To register for the Symposium if you are not proposing a session, please use this form. The deadline for registration is September 1, 2014.  Late registrants will be considered on a space available basis only.


Fees and Services: The registration fee for the 2014 NCSCE Washington Symposium is $300. This fee covers admission to all program sessions and several meals, including a reception on Sunday, breakfast on Monday, and lunches on Monday and Tuesday. Participants are responsible for making their own lodging and travel arrangements and Hotel and lodging options (with group preferential rates) will be identified by the National Center. Those close to Washington who are interested in the project updates from current NSF and other supported initiatives in formal and informal education, and presentations by SENCER Leadership Fellows, NCSCE Scholars and others may attend on Monday, September 29th only for $25.

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.

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


Agenda & Speakers

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Invited Poster Presentations and Speakers

Session and Poster proposals are currently being accepted for consideration. Click here to access the submission form. Submissions are due July 1, 2014


Symposium News

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Washington Symposium Lodging Information

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