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MLC Annual Conference

Mobile Lab Coalition 2024 Annual Conference

July 15-18, 2024

Charleston, SC

Location, Hotel and Host Information:​

  • Location: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC

  • Hosted by: Greenwood Genetic Center and MUSC

  • Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront (Hotel Reservation Link) Note: some dates of the hotel block are full. If you run into this, please contact Elysia Washington, Hilton Hotel Coordinator, to assist with booking (email or call 1-843-637-4074 ext. 4505).​​

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Agenda:

Access & Innovation in Mobile Science 

  • Monday, July 15: Meet & greet reception at the South Carolina Aquarium with optional poster session

  • Tuesday, July 16: Conference programming with keynote speaker

  • Wednesday, July 17: Conference programming and Mobile Lab Rodeo 

  • Thursday, July 18: Conference wrap-up, committee work and MLC annual business meeting

View and download the full program here *UPDATED JULY 14, 2024

Welcome Reception & Poster Session:

On Monday, July 15, the MLC is hosting a meet & greet reception at the South Carolina Aquarium with hors d'oeuvres and full bar. Attendees will have access to the first and second-floor exhibit spaces as well as the outside harbor overlook spaces. Additionally, attendees will have access to the following activities:

  • The Shallows - Stingray Touch Tank (1 hour)

  • Roaming Animal Encounter (30 mins)

  • Indoor Touch Tank (30 mins)

We welcome attendees to bring an informational poster about your program, showcasing the work you do and why you do it. Get creative and have fun - this is an opportunity to show off the fun of your program!

 

Mobile Lab Rodeo:

This year's conference will feature a Mobile Lab Rodeo held on Wednesday, July 17 at The Citadel. We welcome you to bring a mobile lab to Charleston to allow attendees to view, tour, and learn about your program's vehicle. You'll see an option to sign up on the registration form or you can email us.

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Aguirre with Pueblo Consulting

Courageous Reflection: An Exploration and Interrogation of Community Outreach and Engagement

 

More scientists, science communicators, and STEM professionals are recognizing the need and importance of connecting meaningfully with the communities they aim to support. The state of the world requires courageous leadership with the will to set aside personal and organizational ego in order to interrogate how we partner with communities, especially those actively being marginalized. 

Inclusion in practice requires slowing down so that we may move faster, together. During our time together, we will explore and unpack language, history, and assumptions through sincere and vulnerable reflections. This session aims to model how one can reflect with sincerity on harmful practices that prevent meaningful growth from taking hold and deep relationships from forming. 

To learn more, visit Pueblo's website.

Pricing:

  • Early bird member: $425 - PAST

  • Early bird non-member: $475- PAST

  • Regular member: $475

  • Regular non-member: $525

  • One-day: $250 

 

Early bird pricing remains in effect until May 1, 2024. Registration closes July 12.

Get Involved:

There are numerous ways to get involved, including:​

- Panelist

- Speaker/Presenter 

- Poster Session

- Curriculum Showcase

- Mobile Lab Rodeo

Learn more by visiting our 2024 Conference Participation Webpage.

Other resources:

Previous Conferences

2023 Virtual Event

Sponsorship and Partnership:

We invite you to review and consider partnering with the MLC. Sponsoring the conference is a great way to showcase your organization and products to our community! The Mobile Laboratory Coalition is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Download the full packages and information here.

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Reach

  • Communication and personal connections to more than 30 mobile laboratory and informal science programs nationally and internationally, with a combined estimated annual purchasing power of $1,500,000.

  • Programs reach over 2,000 teachers, and more than 200,000 students every year.

  • By joining our Annual Conference, you’ll be a part of our community of STEM education leaders at this premier forum for learning more about current curriculum and educational/laboratory products. 

MLC Conference Sponsors

Our sincerest thanks to our sponsors for their support. 

CORPORATE PARTNERS:

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EVENT SPONSORS:

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