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September 13-14, 2012Hilton Arlington950 North Stafford Street Arlington, VA 22203
Registration for the 2012 Minerva Meeting is officially open! The event will convene Minerva grant awardees, senior Department of Defense personnel, and other distinguished representatives from academic professional associations and national security communities of interest to freely discuss ongoing projects and issues of interest to national security strategists.
Panels of scholars, defense policy makers, and military operations personnel will meet throughout the two-day conference, reporting on on-going research and reflecting on the impact of the Minerva initiative on social science fields as well as its potential contribution toward developing a better understanding of the social, political, and cultural context of strategically important regions of the world.
The morning of September 13 will consist of plenary lectures and panels of interest to all participants. During the afternoon of September 13 and the morning of September 14, the audience of approximately 150 academics and policymakers will divide into three breakout groups. These groups will convene for four separate sessions. In each session, panels will discuss ongoing research on one of the chosen Minerva grant topics. Each of these panels will consist of two academic Minerva scholars discussing their research findings to date, complemented by perspectives and feedback from a senior Department of Defense policymaker and operator. The afternoon of September 14 will include several joint sessions of broad interest to all participants and concludes with a session focused on academically-focused discussion for the Minerva academic community.
Breakout Groups:Track A: Belief Formation and Movements for ChangeTrack B: Models of Societal Resilience and ChangeTrack C: Theories of Power and Deterrence
Online registration for this meeting will be available 23August to 11 September 2012.
Please complete your online registration no later than Monday, September 10, 2012. It is very important for you to preregister by the date mentioned above so that the appropriate resources are available for the meeting and attendees. There will be no registration fee for this meeting. The registration desk will be open starting at 8:00 AM each day of the meeting.
The current agenda available for review.
The Minerva Steering Committee has not established a room block for this event. The following is a list of area hotels within proximity of the facility. This list is not an endorsement by OSD but provided as a courtesy. If you require assistance in reserving a hotel room or would like to inquire about its features and amenities, please contact them directly.
Hilton Arlington Office950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA(703) 528-6000Online Reservations
The Westin Arlington Gateway 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA(703) 717-6200 Online Reservations
Holiday Inn Arlington4610 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA(703) 243-9800Online Reservations
Unfortunately government events are restricted from directly funding food or beverages, but there are still many options. The Hilton Arlington hotel is offering all-day beverage service for $5.00 per person/per day for the entire week. Please pay at the registration desk each morning if you intend to participate.
Lunch each day will be a working lunch with speakers and moderated discussions. We ask that participants get lunch and then return to the meeting to rejoin meeting events. Below you will find a number of options for lunch:
The Hilton Arlington Hotel is offering daily lunch selections which will be set-up just outside the Minerva Meeting rooms. The menu will consist of at least 3-4 selections per day to include hot items, a vegetarian option, or a salad entree. Lunch is priced at $18.00 inclusive of tax and service charges. Please bring cash for payment at the registration desk each morning if you intend to participate. There is an ATM machine available in the hotel lobby.
If you would like to buy food and bring it back to eat during lunch discussions, there are a number of chain and "mom & pop" food vendors within walking distance of the hotel which include:
If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact me at the address given below, or Alea Stewart (Alea.Stewart@afosr.af.mil, 703-696-7307).
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you in September.
Erin FitzgeraldLead, Minerva Research InitiativeASD (R&E) Basic Science OfficeTel: (571) 372-6461Email: email@example.com
Dr. Joseph LyonsAFOSR/RSLTele: (703) 696-6207DSN: 696-6207FAX: (703) 696-7360Email: firstname.lastname@example.org