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2015 NSF Large Facilities Workshop

May 12, 2015 8:00 AM  to 
May 14, 2015 6:00 PM
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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AGENDA AND WORKSHOP MATERIALS: Updated versions now available, see Links Below. If you have trouble accessing any of the documents, please contact

The Large Facilities Workshop is an annual event hosted by NSF’s Large Facilities Office. The intent is to provide a collaborative forum for discussing current challenges and relevant topics related to large scientific research facilities, as well as sharing best practices and lessons learned from operational and administrative experiences. Attendees typically include facilities management staff, Principle Investigators, facilities users, NSF staff, and representatives from other federal agencies. The Workshop is typically held alternately at a federally-funded research facility and in Washington, DC. The Large Facilities Office produces a publically-available report outlining the results and findings from the discussions as well as the information presented by experts and guest speakers.

The 2015 Large Facilities Workshop will be held on May 12-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Workshop structure and themes include a limited number of formal presentations on selected topics designed to stimulate interactive activities and break-out sessions involving all participants. The selection of Puerto Rico enables participants to visit the NSF-funded Arecibo Observatory and continues the historical practice of allowing participants to visit and learn from other Facilities operators.Information related to the current and future workshops is distributed via a self-subscribe listserv.

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Meeting Type

Florence Rabanal, (703) 292-8808, email:
Guebre X. Tessema, (703) 292-4935, email:

NSF Related Organizations
Office of Budget Finance and Award Management

Core Attachments
National Science Foundation 2015 Large Facilities Workshop Agenda, Version 3.7
NSF Large Facilities Office Overview, M. Hawkins
The University of Arizona and Biosphere 2: Partnering for the Advancement of Science, J. Ruiz
Arecibo: Challenges, Lessons Learned, J. Kelly
Welcome to Arecibo Observatory, R. Kerr
NSF Implementation of Uniform Guidance, J. Feldman
Contingency for MREFC Projects, C. Wilkinson
Broadening Participation of Facility Users, R. Hughes
Working with Multicultural Teams, C. Larson
Evaluating Facility Usage, K. Ludwig
Best Practices in Managing Project Closeout, K. Fisher

Public Attachments
Large Facilities Manual, Version 3/16/2015 (via LFO Site)
Harnessing the Power of Action Learning, Marquardt, M. (2004)
Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students, Moss-Racusin, C. et al (2012)
National hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track, Williams, W. and Ceci, S. (2014)
Characterizing the Utilization of Large Scientific Research Facilities - Executive Summary, Ludwig, K. (2012)
Characterizing the Utilization of Large Scientific Research Facilities - Full Report, Ludwig, K. (2012)