Sigma Xi Announces Inaugural International Forum on Research Excellence

February 22, 2022

IFoRE_Logo_Vertical_Color_TIGHT_500For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Jason Papagan
Manager of Communications
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society announces plans to hold the first International Forum on Research Excellence (IFoRE) November 3–6, 2022. The four-day conference will welcome scientists, engineers, students, artists, and supporters of science worldwide to participate in discussions and demonstrations of excellence in the research enterprise. Attendees will be invited to present, connect, and collaborate on diverse ideas through symposia, panels, workshops, and networking sessions. The hybrid event will be held in-person in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as online.

The theme for IFoRE ’22 is “Science Convergence in an Inclusive and Diverse World.” Attendees will take part in a variety of multi-track sessions that explore the strength of scientific research when diverse minds converge as well as ideas that conquer the challenges of increasing equity and inclusion in the research community.

“This forum comes at a time when research excellence has proven to be critical to our lives,” said Dr. Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi executive director and CEO. “We’re excited to create an environment where scientists and the public can come together to celebrate great science and work together to maximize the value of scientific research for future generations.”

Developed as a successor to Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, IFoRE will feature reimagined components of past conferences, including in-person and live-streamed plenary sessions; deep dive conversations with keynote speakers; topical sessions on research impact and STEM education; research excellence awards; professional and student oral and poster presentations; workshops, professional development, and networking opportunities; a college, graduate school, and jobs fair; a STEM Art and Film Festival; and Sigma Xi’s annual business meeting and assembly of delegates. Plans are for the conference to be held annually in different national and international locations. Registration will open in spring 2022. Interested attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors can direct questions to and visit for more information.


More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety