Washington, D.C. — The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is gearing up to deliver the seventh iteration of the industry’s only all-inclusive conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo (http://www.nibs.org/conference2019) will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the conference is to explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. With preparations underway, the institute’s conference planning team is reaching out to institute council and committee members and inviting industry professionals to present during the four-day conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

Speakers should plan for their presentations to run 20 to 30 minutes in length with an additional 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A. Sessions will be organized into either two-person, 90-minute sessions or three-person, 90-minute panels, depending on the topic and time available. Speakers may submit an abstract for an individual presentation or multi-person panel. Panels should represent varied perspectives or industry viewpoints. The institute reserves the right to organize panels as needed.

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application at https://www.nibs.org/page/conf19_Call. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50 percent discount on full registration. For more information on Building Innovation 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.