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Pitch an idea for IRE Commons at IRE 2017

We’re bringing the popular NICAR Commons series to the IRE Conference in Phoenix ­– and we want your ideas! The IRE Commons is a space for informal, conversation-based sessions. Most importantly, each conversation is driven entirely by attendees.

IRE Commons sessions are:

  • 1-hour long with 15-minute breaks in between.
  • Designed for small groups: There will only be 15-20 chairs, but people are welcome to sit/stand nearby.
  • Run by a facilitator who comes with an agenda and guides the conversation.

What types of things make for good IRE Commons sessions?

  • This is a great space for discussions you might not hold in a typical panel setting and share things in a more personal environment.
  • Alternately, a facilitator can just pose a question and create a space for people to ponder it. We found that personal questions really resonated and elicited honest answers. If you're struggling with something, chances are other folks are, too.

See what kinds of sessions we hosted in this space at the 2016 IRE Conference. Please also browse the 2017 IRE Conference expected sessions to make sure your idea is not already in the works.

Please submit your ideas by Friday, May 19. IRE will review the ideas and contact you if your idea was selected.


If you have questions, please contact Sarah Hutchins at

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