NIH OBSSR Research FestivalJoin us for the 2017 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the NIH Campus.

Free and open to the public. Free registration for this event is required.

This meeting will not be live webcast. In-person attendance is strongly recommended.

This annual festival brings together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network and collaborate with each other and share scientific ideas; highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research (Research Festival Agenda- PDF).

The agenda will feature:

  • Plenary remarks by NIMHD Director, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable
  • NIH extramural and intramural research highlights
  • Open Discussion Town Halls on key issues affecting the behavioral and social sciences research community
  • Exhibit tables featuring materials from NIH Institutes and Centers
  • NIH Bench-to-Bedside Program presentation
  • Poster session highlighting NIH Institutes and Centers

Conference Venue

William H. Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

The William H. Natcher Conference Center, building 45, is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., approximately 5 miles from Washington D.C.

All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules.

For visitors arriving in vehicles, on motorcycles or bicycles, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Station (Building 66A), provides multiple inspection lanes and allows visitors to go through inspection and get a visitor badge in one centralized, efficient process. Vehicles enter the Gateway Center complex through a new roadway, "NIH Gateway Drive," just south of the intersection of the previous visitor entrance at South Drive and Rockville Pike. Vehicles that choose to bypass parking in MLP-11 will go through inspection and enter campus at Center Drive near the National Library of Medicine. (See Gateway Map)

Visit the NIH Visitor’s Center for more information about the NIH security process, visitor’s parking, and parking fares.


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