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Meeting Information

This 3-day collaborative and hands-on event will bring together researchers, educators, policy makers, indigenous and philosophical knowledge holders, and other curious minds to explore solutions to society’s greatest challenges through interdisciplinary lenses and convergence science approaches. Through the theme “Our Changing Planet”, we have the following goals:

  • Promote deeper understanding of convergence science processes

  • Empower new cross-disciplinary collaborations to advance earth-space-data convergence

  • Connect with current and future NEREID members to better understand and provide effective platforms, services, and information resources

The "Our Changing Planet" Summit will serve as a space for participants to forge unanticipated new connections and collaborations while envisioning challenges and projects that can only be tackled by working outside of conventional disciplinary structures. Participants will leave the Summit with an enhanced perspective on our changing planet, how other planets beyond Earth can help us better understand the planet we call home, and how a deeper understanding of planet Earth can advance our knowledge of planets in our solar system and beyond. In addition, participants will explore specific and innovative ideas on convergent solutions to big questions and challenges (i.e. climate change, water/food shortages, potential space-related catastrophes, etc.), and new connections for authentic collaborations outside of and on the fringes of various disciplines.



Associated Universities, Inc.
2650 Park Tower Drive

Floor 7
Vienna, VA 22180

The NEREID Summit will be hosted at AUI's office in Vienna, Virginia just outside of Washington DC. It has easy access to both DC airports and is next door to the metro station (Dunn Loring-Merrifield stop on the Orange Line). It is conveniently located near several restaurants and hotels.


Interested in sharing your own research or topic of interest? A limited number of "Lightning Talk" presentations will be included in Summit activities. Lightning Talks will be 7 minutes with 3 minutes for questions and transition. 
Submit Abstracts here by January 25th.


Register here by February 13th to get the best rates.

Full Meeting Rates - Early Registration 

Member: $100

Non-Member: $125

Student: $25

K-12 Teacher: $35

Registration Rates double after February 13th. Onsite registration will be available.

If you are not yet a member, please review the Benefits of NEREID and consider joining us. Membership is free and applying takes a few minutes.




Summit Assistance and Scholarship Opportunities

NEREID strives to be an inclusive organization that elevates the work and amplifies the voices of all members. If the registration fees, travel costs, or dependent care costs pose a barrier, we encourage members to apply for one or more of the following opportunities:

  • Summit Registration Waiver

  • Travel and Lodging Stipend

  • Dependent Care Stipend

Please apply for support here by January 14th.


Requests will be evaluated based on need. A limited pool of funding is available for these opportunities.


There is no sponsored hotel for this event but there are many nearby. Below are two suggested hotels. Participants must make their own lodging accommodations. 

0.3 miles 

Courtyard by Marriott Dunn Loring Fairfax
2722 Gallows Rd
Vienna, VA 22180


0.8 miles
Homewood Suites by Hilton Falls Church
8130 Porter Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042


COVID-19 Policy

The health and safety of our community participants is our highest priority. Our goal is to hold a safe event and although we recognize that we cannot remove all risks, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our meeting attendees.  

NEREID requires all participants be fully vaccinated and will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the first Summit day. Masks will be available to all participants and we encourage mask-wearing indoors. We will closely monitor and follow local guidance on masking. If transmission rates are high at the time of the Summit, masking may be required. 

This policy will follow the CDC recommendations and guidelines, which can be found HERE. Any changes in this policy will be communicated to registered attendees via email.

Community Participation Guidelines

Please review NEREID's Community Participation Guidelines  which serves as our code of conduct for the NEREID Summit. 

Questions? Contact us

Speakers and Activities Schedule

Coming soon...

Summit Leadership

Summit Organizing Committee

Dan Fuka
Becky Reid

Gretchen Stahlman

Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht

Peter Tuddenham

Summit Advisory Group

David Lockett
Ryan Mcgranaghan

Tim Spuck

Steve Uzzo

Ilya Zaslavsky