The 8th annual ARIS Summit was held virtually, April 28-30, 2020. The three-day event incorporated the theme and majority of the agenda originally scheduled for the Durham Summit.
The 2020 Summit explored the multiple layers of connections that are associated with broader impacts. Broader impacts through connectedness encompasses connections (internal and external) with and between individuals, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), social sciences, arts and humanities, research, practice, projects and programs, theories, resources, and local, state, national and international communities. These connections seem infinite in number and dimensions.
NABI has expanded in size and scope to become ARIS, which looks at how all research -- including social science, arts and humanities research -- impact society, and how society impacts the research enterprise. There is an expansion of funding agencies that are exploring the importance of communicating research impacts. Audiences are expanding beyond the ones traditionally/historically targeted and served by many broader impacts (BI) initiatives and activities.
Presentations at the Summit will focus on professional development for the ARIS community as well as experiences, views, and visions regarding the expanding nature of BI.