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How do I register for NICAR24?

First, make sure you have a current IRE membership through April 1, 2024. 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?

NICAR24 will be March 7-10, 2024 (a Thursday-Sunday) in Baltimore, MD. 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: $325 through midnight (ET) on Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Regular: $375 through midnight (ET) on Tuesday, March 5, 2024
  • On-site: $475 beginning on Wednesday, March 6, 2024


  • 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 Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. IRE has secured a discounted block of rooms. The room rate is $214 per night plus tax. This block is available until Monday, February 5, 2024 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. A link to make reservations will be available in October. For any questions on lodging or travel, please email

What sessions can I expect at NICAR24?

NICAR24 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 2024. 

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 NICAR24 attendees.

Lightning Talks will be open to pitches in early 2024. Sign up for the Quick Hits email newsletter to receive detailed updates on major announcements and the planning process.

Does IRE offer fellowships to attend?

Yes! We are now accepting applications through January 8, 2024.

Learn more and apply here.

Will there be a mentorship program?

Yes, there will be a mentorship program. Details and sign-up information will be released in January 2024.

How do I keep up with all the news about NICAR24?

Sign up for the Quick Hits email newsletter to receive detailed updates on major announcements and the planning process.

If I am interested in having a meeting/event during NICAR24 what are the next steps?

If you are interested in having an event or meeting during NICAR24, please reach out to to discuss options available based on availability during the time and date you are looking for along with any associated costs. IRE does ask that events do not overlap with educational programming.

Please keep in mind that no outside food or drink can be brought into meeting space per hotel contracts. 

Will NICAR24 have a virtual option?

NICAR24 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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