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NIJ 2024 Research Conference: Lightning Talk Submission Guidelines and Form

Emerging Issues and Pioneering Methods in Research on Safety and Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is pleased to invite lightning talk submissions for the 2024 NIJ Research Conference, which will take place on September 16 – 18, 2024, in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference theme is “Advancing Justice Through Science.” Our goal is to bring researchers, practitioners, and policymakers together to discuss current research and how findings can be implemented to promote safety, equity, and justice for all.

NIJ invites submissions for lightning talks on Emerging Issues and Pioneering Methods in Research on Safety and Justice. Lightning talks will consist of a series of 10-minute presentations by different speakers introducing an emerging issue or pioneering method. Individual presentation submissions must include title, abstract, and author information. A moderator from NIJ will be assigned to each session.

NIJ will group accepted submissions with other presentations of similar or related topics to comprise an entire session.

Emerging issues are new topics, prevention/intervention strategies, technologies or technological applications, and/or policy innovations surfacing in the field with minimal evidence about their effectiveness at this stage (e.g., alternatives to traffic enforcement, transformative justice approaches, under-researched reform strategies). Presenters should discuss the nature, history, and context of the issue; describe possible research questions that should be answered and how the issue could be best studied; and outline the challenges, complexities, methodologies, ethical considerations, and unintended consequences of studying the issue.

Pioneering methods are novel or exploratory analytical approaches (e.g., machine learning, artificial intelligence), data collection strategies, or research designs that hold promise in propelling the field forward. Presenters should discuss the method(s), how they are innovative, their potential value, the data required to pilot and validate the approach, ethical considerations, and potential biases and how they can be mitigated.

At NIJ, we are dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of safety and justice issues through science. We reach this goal by listening to the needs of the field. This lightning talk series is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from you! 

Please consult NIJ’s website for areas that have been previously funded and would not be considered emerging issues or innovative methods. 

Each lightning talk will consist of: 

  • Five 10-minute lightning talks conducted by a group of experts who represent multiple disciplines and/or stakeholder groups able to speak to the topic.
  • A moderated discussion with substantial Q&A and audience engagement 

Those submitting abstracts for consideration should make note of the following: 

  • Submissions are due Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • To be considered for inclusion, submissions must focus on emerging issues and/or pioneering methods that have an impact on the criminal or juvenile justice system in the United States and may involve social, behavioral, or forensic sciences; technology; and/or engineering.


Contact us at [email protected] and include "lightning talk" in the subject.

Submission Form

Are you a student?
Please select the best category for this full lightning talk:
Please provide a presentation title.
Provide an overview of the emerging issue(s) and/or pioneering method(s) to be discussed. Please limit your response to 300 words.
Provide a brief description of how the topic area promotes safety, equity, and justice for all. This should be the key takeaway/headline from your presentation. Please limit your response to 150 words.