September 10-11, 2014
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
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 mornings of Sept 10 and 11 both include sets of short "blitz" presentations, short round-robin overviews on research motivations and plans from each of the new Minerva projects selected through the FY 2014 research competition process.
During the afternoon of September 10 and most of September 11, the audience of approximately 200 academics and policymakers will divide into parallel tracks (tied to Minerva priority topics) convening for four separate breakout sessions. Each of these eight topical panels will be composed of two academic Minerva scholars discussing their research findings to date, complemented by perspectives and feedback from a Department of Defense policymaker and operator and then community discussion.
Finally, the 2014 event will include two poster and researcher networking sessions where many Minerva grantees, especially those not included on a panel this year, will have visual displays and be available to discuss their work in further detail.
This year's Minerva Meeting will include three distinguished keynote speakers, whose complementary perspectives will inform discussions throughout the two-day event.
- Dr. Jim Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy [bio]
- Dr. Kristin Lord, Acting President of the United States Institute of Peace [bio]
- Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, Deputy Director for Strategy, J-5, Joint Staff [bio]
In addition, the morning of September 10 will include remarks by the Minerva Steering Committee Co-Chairs (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy Daniel Chiu and Director for Basic Research Robin Staffin).
Event attire: Business or Business casual (or military equivalent)
Attribution: To encourage open and honest debate, all discussions at the Minerva program review will be held under Chatham House Rules (meaning that discussions can be referenced afterwards but only without attribution).