OBSSR Upcoming Events

The OBSSR hosts virtual and in-person meetings that highlight behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). In coordination with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, other government agencies, and the wider BSSR community, OBSSR facilitates opportunities to network, collaborate, explore, and advance BSSR.

OBSSR hosts a Director’s Webinar Series on a variety of BSSR topics to help communicate BSSR findings and other relevant BSSR information. OBSSR’s annual in-person meetings include the NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival. Subscribe to receive updates on the latest OBSSR and BSSR-related event information.

View the list of past OBSSR events.

October 1, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30am | Virtual
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC) open meetings include representatives from NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices and interested members of the public to meet to discuss behavioral and social sciences-relevant topics.
November 18, 2021, 1:00 - 4:30pm | Virtual
The 2021 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 and Friday, November 19, 2021 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm ET each day. Registration and agenda information will be posted soon on the festival website. Overview: The OBSSR, in collaboration with the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC), holds the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on the NIH campus. This new annual meeting is organized to inform the wider BSSR community, stakeholders, and NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) about the latest BSSR funded by the NIH and its overall impact and importance across the entire field of biomedical research. Additional goals are to assist the ICs with the establishment of research priorities and the coordination of their programmatic efforts, thus minimizing redundancy and maximizing returns on NIH investments in BSSR.
November 19, 2021, 1:00 - 4:30pm | Virtual
The 2021 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 and Friday, November 19, 2021 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm ET each day. Registration and agenda information will be posted soon on the festival website. Overview: The OBSSR, in collaboration with the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC), holds the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on the NIH campus. This new annual meeting is organized to inform the wider BSSR community, stakeholders, and NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) about the latest BSSR funded by the NIH and its overall impact and importance across the entire field of biomedical research. Additional goals are to assist the ICs with the establishment of research priorities and the coordination of their programmatic efforts, thus minimizing redundancy and maximizing returns on NIH investments in BSSR.
June 3, 2022 | Location TBD
The 15th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022. Overview: Matilda White Riley, Ph.D., was a celebrated scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, whose transformative work and leadership in the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH is honored annually by OBSSR. Initiated as an annual distinguished scholar lecture, OBSSR expanded the event in 2016 to recognize emerging scientists with a competition for peer-reviewed articles by Early Stage Investigators (ESIs).