Large Facilities Workshop – 2020 Fall Webinar

In place of this year’s in-person Large Facilities Workshop, NSF held its very first Large Facilities Workshop – 2020 Fall Webinar on October 28, 2020. The Fall Webinar was a one-day event held via Zoom, with a focus on select topics. The targeted audience for the webinar included Facility and Operations Managers, Property and Maintenance Managers, Cooperative Agreement and Contracting Officers, and other Business Professionals from the Large Facilities Community.

Fall 2020 Agenda

For those who couldn’t attend the webinar, all sessions were recorded and will be available on-demand along with session presentations and a summary of the Q&A at the NSF Major Facilities Knowledge Sharing Gateway.


Why Attend a Workshop?

The workshop is a collaborative forum for the National Science Foundation’s Large Facilities and other complex scientific facilities and organizations. Desired outcomes to support NSF’s mission and promote the scientific endeavor include:

  • Provide a forum to collect and share best practices and lessons learned
  • Discuss new initiatives and collect community input
  • Demonstrate project management, operations, and business-related tools and techniques
  • Expand our community of practice by connecting colleagues across disciplines and organizations to promote collaboration between facilities

Attendance is especially beneficial for those who have a role in the development, planning, construction or operation of large complex scientific facilities.

Technical Information

We are using Zoom to host the Fall Webinar. Zoom, along with other virtual meeting platforms, is experiencing unprecedented demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you verify the system requirements below prior to joining the virtual conference.

  • Access to Zoom
  • Most recent version of Google, Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge or Safari
  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, or Ububtu 10+
  • Zoom’s Bandwidth Requirements are:
    – 2.0 Mbps up and down for single screen
    – 2.0 Mbps up 4.0 Mbps down for dual screen
    – For audio VoIP: 60-80kbps
    – For more information please visit Zoom.

Other things to consider:

  • It can help to close other tabs, browsers and programs while streaming the live conference.  It also may help to hardwire your Internet connection, instead of using a wireless network connection.
  • If you are having trouble hearing the webcast audio, check the volume on your computer and on your video player.
  • If your computer screen freezes, please refresh your browser.

If you lose access to the event, please try to log back in before contacting IT support. All presentations will be recorded and made available in the Knowledge Sharing Gateway shortly after the webinar.

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