Innovate. Educate. Engage.

STEM professionals, educators and other partners from around the world gathered at the premier venue to learn about innovative advances in informal science education. The Mobile Laboratory Coalition conference will be held July 24 – 27, 2018 in Detroit, MI hosted by Triune Specialty Trailers and MdBio Foundation.


The Mobile Laboratory Coalition conference is targeted at new and established STEM education programs – it is the premier venue to network with peers, seek advice, and share best practices with programs as unique as yours.


Abstracts and Travel Stipends

The 2018 MLC conference planning committee is working to develop an impactful agenda and invites you to be part of it! We encourage participation from team members at all levels and offer a variety of options for presenting.

There are two formats for workshops for the 2018 conference; traditional single-speaker 50-minute sessions suitable for in-depth, well-developed presentations on key topics, and new this year — multi-speaker micro-learning workshops. Suggested topics for workshops are listed on the submission form. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to Monday, April 16. 

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted past the April 16 deadline, on a rolling basis through June 4.

Travel Stipend Application
Thanks to funding from the NIH, a limited number of travel stipends (maximum $750) are available to help offset the cost of attending the conference. Preference will be given to those presenting a workshop or poster, but anyone may apply.

Click HERE to submit an abstract and apply for a travel stipend.

Venue and Lodging

The MLC conference will take place at Wayne State University at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

We ​have ​reserved ​a ​block ​of ​rooms ​at ​the ​historic ​Inn ​on ​Ferry ​Street ​in ​midtown ​Detroit ​( ​Rooms ​are ​available ​at ​the ​discounted ​rate ​of ​$149 ​per ​night.​ To ​reserve ​rooms ​call ​the ​hotel ​directly ​(313.871.6000) ​and ​ask ​for ​the ​Mobile ​Lab ​Coalition ​Conference ​rate. ​The ​room ​block ​will ​be ​held ​until ​June ​12.


Conference Agenda
Tuesday, July 24

Informal gathering and networking. Location TBD.


Wednesday, July 25

8:00-9:15 am Registration at Wayne State Student Center
(Breakfast available for guests at Inn on Ferry Street)

9:15-9:30am  Welcome 

9:30-10:45am  Keynote Session: Really, What Could Go Wrong? Mobile Lab Disaster Room Tabletop Exercise

10:45-11:00am  Coffee Break

11:00-11:50am  Concurrent Workshops

12:00-1:30pm  Lunch and Annual Business Meeting
                          Program Introductions, Round 1

1:30-2:20pm Plenary Session

2:30-3:20pm Concurrent Workshops

3:20-3:45pm  Break and Poster Set Up

3:45-5:45pm Poster Session and Tabletop Exhibits
Light refreshments provided

6:00pm Dinner on your own

Thursday, July 26

8:00-9:00am Registration at Wayne State Student Center
(Breakfast available for guests at Inn on Ferry Street)

9:00-9:15am Welcome and Program Introductions, Round 2

9:15-9:30am Coffee Break

9:30-11:00am Concurrent Workshops

11:00-12:00pm  Concurrent Workshops

12:00-2:00pm Lunch (provided) and Shuttle to Mobile Lab Tour Site

2:00-4:00pm Mobile Lab Tours

3:00-4:30pm Poster Session and Reception 

6:30pm Dinner (provided, location TBD)


Friday, July 27

8:00-9:00am  Registration at Wayne State Student Center
(Breakfast available for guests at Inn on Ferry Street)

9:00-9:15am Program Introductions, Round 3

9:15-10:15am Keynote Session: Using Improv to Improve Your Teaching

10:15-10:30am  Coffee Break 

10:30-12:00pm Concurrent Workshops

12:00pm Adjourn, lunch on your own

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