Thinking about hosting the next RSD?
NASA wind tunnel

The SDA is currently receiving expressions of interest to host RSD11, for fall 2022.

If you’d like to organize your institution to host the next RSD, please get in touch to learn about what it takes to host an RSD conference.

SDA offers a framework for compelling, engaging, and consistent RSD Symposia according to the well-established RSD series’ ethos. Each RSD builds on the rich, collected experience from former symposia; however, the unique learnings from each RSD sparks new and novel approaches to programming future symposiums.

An RSD program is formed by the host’s vision for the event and your chosen themes. Then the tracks are developed from  the abstracts selected from reviewed submissions. Abstracts are typically 1,000 words plus references and are reviewed by 2-3 experienced peer scholars, with feedback to all authors. The host team is also responsible for collecting and editing working papers for the proceedings that follow the symposium. Often one of the board members will chair the scientific committee to manage the review and selection process.

The symposium is designed for graduate students, academics, researchers, and advanced practitioners. Special attention is given to emerging authors, practitioner research, and practice reports.

The annual host documents and edits the conference content and follows up after the symposium. This includes the proceedings along with presentation slides, videos, and other media such as sketchnotes.

Photo: Turning Vanes inside the Altitude Wind Tunnel, 1944. NASA library.



  • Expressions of interest to host are now open
  • The host is presented as part of the RSD10 closing
  • Review committee coordination


  • Call for abstracts in January
  • Abstracts are due in March
  • Registration opens early spring
  • Program announcements

Fall 2022

  • RSD11 Symposium


  • Revised abstracts and presentations deadline
  • Spring deadline for proceedings
Posted: Mar-2021

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