BD2K Behavioral and Social Sciences And Big Data Workshop


* The BD2K Behavioral and Social Sciences and Big Data Workshop Agenda is now available

The NIH Common Fund is pleased to announce the BD2K Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) and Big Data Workshop. The workshop will take place March 19-20, 2018 at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Bethesda, MD. The workshop will offer a R and R Studio for Reproducible Scientific Analysis Hands-on Training, and a scientific workshop bringing together behavioral and social sciences researchers with computational big data and informatics researchers to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration. Research presentations and panel discussions will include the topics of behavioral and social sciences insights, systems science and big data, and big data and vulnerable populations. There is no fee to attend the R and R Studio training or the scientific workshop, and both are open to NIH and other federal agency staff and contractors. Registration is required to attend this meeting. 

Who should attend?

This meeting is open to NIH and other federal agency staff and contractors. The R and R Studio training session will be tailored to NIH staff in the behavioral and social sciences research community interested in learning how to use big data. See the Registration page for more information.

Who are the presenters?

Elizabeth Bruch, Ph.D.
University of Michigan 
Systems Science and Big Data





Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Big Data and Health Research in Vulnerable Populations




Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Behavioral and Social Science Insights for Big Data Research




Bruce Y. Lee, M.D., M.B.A.
Johns Hopkins University
Systems Science, Big Data, and Causes of Obesity


Tyler McCormick, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Big Data and Health-Related Research in Developing Countries



Margaret Levenstein, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Merging Administrative Data and Survey Data for Health-Related Research


What are some of the symposium topics?

In addition to research presentations given by the featured speakers, panel discussion topics will include central data resources, big data training needs, federal big data and health research, and barriers to incorporating behavioral and social sciences research perspectives in big data resources.

Can I register now?

Yes, registration is now available via Eventbrite on the Registration page.

Can I make hotel reservations now?

Yes, a block of sleeping rooms is being held at the Bethesda Marriott Suites. See more information on the Hotel/Travel page.

Who arranges and pays for hotel accommodations and travel?

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. Invited speakers whose travel is being supported by the NIH will be reimbursed after the meeting for allowable travel and accommodations costs. 

This page last reviewed on March 20, 2018