We invite undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Construction Management, Construction Science, Planning, Architecture, Engineering, and Design to submit abstracts to speak at our building conference in April. This is your chance: Present your research at Building Innovation 2020 and be in the room with key leaders from the built environment. You have a unique opportunity to be part of the first academic student session at our annual conference. Selected students will have up to 12 minutes to present their research and access to share slides and other presentation materials.


The industry needs to address key challenges facing the built environment and we want to hear from you to see if you have the solutions in one of these 3 areas:


NIBS and the American Institute of Architects define resiliency as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Disasters are expensive, but most destruction can be prevented with cost-effective mitigation and advanced planning. New and existing practices must be developed or changed through research, advocacy, and education. A special focus will be placed on ensuring the resilience of the nation’s building stock, covering topics in the built environment relating to resilience due to climate change, natural hazard risks, and sustainability efforts. 



New and advanced technologies rapidly are developed and deployed across the building industry, with major potential shifts in how the industry conducts day-to-day business. In addition to research and development into new technologies, the industry must be prepared for how these technologies will be adopted and utilized. NIBS is working to prepare the industry for new opportunities, as well as promote advanced, efficient, and safe structures. Building Innovation 2020 will showcase these advanced technologies and practices and highlight how the industry can best prepare for their adoption and deployment.



The building industry faces many workforce challenges, from skills gaps to labor shortages. Today’s building workforce requires unprecedented technological, social, cultural, political, and economic savvy -- all at a time when fewer individuals are entering the trades industry. Through various projects and its councils and committees, NIBS is working to address head-on these challenges. Activities in this space include showcasing career opportunities in the building industry; supporting better credentials and reducing uncertainty in the credentialing space; and, supporting continuing education and retraining opportunities for trades workers. Building Innovation 2020 will highlight this critical challenge for the industry, as well as opportunities for advancing the building workforce to meet 21st century needs.


The Details

Your abstract should contain the following information in about 500 words

  • Central theme or hypothesis: Which conference theme are you trying to address-resilience, technology, or workforce? 
  • Approach and methodology: How will you address that question?
  • Findings
  • Relevance of your work to planning scholarship, practice, or education
  • Key words (2-5)
  • Target audience
  • 3-5 major citations

For every author listed the following information is required:

  • First & Last Name
  • Degree(s) Completed and/or Expected Graduation Year 
  • Institution
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Curriculum Vitae  

Abstract submissions for papers, posters, and presentations should have clear research questions, be of importance and pertinence to planning, use acceptable methodology, present results, and discuss implications for scholarship, practice, or education.

Any author can be designated as the presenting author. The presenting author’s name will appear in bold text. The presenting author is the corresponding author who will receive all communications, including acceptance and scheduling notifications, from NIBS. In order to receive notifications from us on time, it is important to make sure the correct person (and their email) is indicated.

The abstract must primarily report on new work within the field of building sciences as it pertains to the resilience, technology or workforce topics.

It is understandable that abstracts describing non-traditional work may lack quantitative data; however, it is still expected that the abstract will address some question and have a “take home message” describing specific findings.

Abstract submissions will be reviewed by the NIBS Review Committee. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of scientific merit and arranged to fit into the track structure. Guidelines for presentations will be provided to authors of accepted abstracts.



Deadline: January 24, 2020

Notification: Decisions will be made by February 25, 2020

Submissions and questions: Jennifer Hitzke, jhitzke@nibs.org