NIH SciEd 2012 was the first NIH-wide conference for science education projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. The 93 projects represented at the conference were funded by the following programs:
- Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director
- Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award (SEDAPA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award
- Science Education Awards, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- National Library of Medicine
The conference was held May 13-16, 2012 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. The 260 conference participants included project PIs, staff and evaluators, teachers who participate in projects, NIH leaders and staff, and individuals interested in science education. The Conference theme, “Teaching and Learning with Diverse Populations” was addressed in plenary and breakout sessions. The Conference also provided opportunities for updates by NIH staff, training in developing logic models, discussions of evaluation methods and tools, regional meetings, networking, and an exchange of information among participating projects.