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How do I register for NICAR23?

First, make sure you have a current IRE membership through April 1, 2023. You can do that by logging into your account on the website and going to Manage Memberships in your Member Dashboard. 

  • If you have a current membership, you will see a green ‘Yes’ in the Active column. 
  • If your membership has expired, click the ‘Subscribe’ button to go through the renewal process. (Note: If your membership expired before Dec. 1, 2020, you will not be able to log in to the website. Please create a new account on our website by filling out the Join form.)
  • If you have never been an IRE member, please apply from the Join page.

Next, go to the conference ticket page. The correct price for your membership level will show up in the ‘Get Tickets’ block. Click ‘Add to cart’ and follow the steps to check out.

If the ticket block is blank, please check that you are logged into your account with a current membership. If you still need help, email

What are the dates and times for the conference?

NICAR23 will be March 2-5, 2023 (a Thursday-Sunday) in Nashville, Tn. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday and end at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

What is the cost?

Professional, Academic, Associate and Retiree 

  • Early bird: $299 through midnight (ET) on Monday, January 9, 2023 **extended to Monday, January 30
  • Regular: $350 through midnight (ET) on Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • On-site: $450 beginning on Wednesday, March 1, 2023


  • Flat rate: $100
What precautions is IRE taking due to COVID-19?

IRE takes the health and safety of all attendees at its events seriously and follows the guidelines of CDC, state/local health authorities and the conference venue.

All NICAR attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks aren’t required unless you receive a religious or medical vaccination exemption, but IRE encourages all attendees to use masks indoors to protect themselves and those around them. For more information and details, go here

How do I make a reservation at the conference hotel in the discounted room block?

The conference is taking place at Renaissance Nashville Hotel. IRE has secured a discounted block of rooms. The room rate is $259 (single/double) per night plus tax. This block is available until Friday, February 3, 2023 or until the block is full (whichever occurs first). If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid any cancellation fees. To make a reservation click here. For any questions on lodging or travel, please email

What sessions can I expect at NICAR23?

NICAR23 will offer a mix of panels, demos, discussions, networking, and hands-on data training.  A list of expected sessions will be posted by mid-November. Full session and speaker details will be released in early 2023. 

Will there be Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks, a much-anticipated event at every NICAR conference, are 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by NICAR23 attendees.

Lightning Talks will be open to pitches in early 2023. Sign up for the NICAR23 email newsletter to receive detailed updates on major announcements and the planning process.

Does IRE offer fellowships to attend?

Yes! Applications were due on January 9, 2023.

More info here. 

Will there be a mentorship program?

Yes, there will be a mentorship program. Details and sign-up information will be released in January 2023.

How do I keep up with all the news about NICAR23?

Sign up here to receive email newsletters with all the latest NICAR23 announcements about registration, sessions, Lightning Talks, the T-shirt contest, and more!

Will NICAR23 have a virtual option?

NICAR23 will not include virtual sessions. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience and we have found, based on attendee feedback, that a hybrid event does not meet the highest level of standards that IRE members have come to expect. We instead have significantly bolstered our affordable and accessible virtual training opportunities scheduled throughout the year, including the all-virtual Access Fest conference in the fall of 2023. We’d love to hear from you on what else you’d like to see. Fill this form out any time you have an idea for an event.

What is IRE Access Fest?

Access Fest is an expansion of the DBEI Symposiums that were held in October of 2021 and 2022. We'll offer programming focused on diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion, and provide trainings that you would see at a typical IRE or NICAR Conference. Access Fest will be held in October 2023 - details coming soon!

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