Broader Impacts Summit 2017: The Power of Partnerships

The National Alliance for Broader Impacts is pleased to announce the 5th annual NABI Summit, held April 25-28th, 2017 at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson WA. The three-day conference that will focus on bringing folks together to share the collective passion and vision of the NABI community.  Skamania Lodge is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.  The Conference Planning Committee has been busy developing sessions and networking opportunities that will utilize the casual atmosphere of the lodge and the beauty of the natural setting.



Pre-Summit is on April 25th and the Broader Impacts Summit 2017 is April 26-28, 2017


Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Opens: October 18, 2016
Call for Proposals Deadline: January 6, 2017 – Call for proposals is now closed

The planning committee is now issuing a call for broader impacts experts to submit proposals for working sessions, accepted proposal formats include workshops, active engagement sessions, and/or individual and panel presentations.

The theme of the Summit this year is “Power of Partnerships.” For more information on proposal strands, categories and criteria, click here.

Submit Proposal


Registration for Broader Impacts 2017 is now open!  Register here.

Early Bird
Register by Feb 19
Regular Rate
After Feb 19
Late Rate
After April 2
Pre-Conference Event $100 $100 $125
Registration $395 $425 $475
Graduate Student $275 $275 $300
Tribal $275 $275 $300



A peaceful resort getaway, this Portland, Oregon lodging option is located just 45 minutes from the city. Skamania Lodge is located near Hood River, Oregon and is easily accessible by ground transportation and is serviced from most major cities by the Portland International Airport.

To reserve your room, please contact Skamania Lodge at (800) 221-7117 and identify yourself as a participant of the Broader Impacts Conference or reserve online at and enter group code 1XZ1TV.

NOTE: If you are extending your stay outside the Summit dates (coming in early or staying later) you must call the 800 number above to book your stay and receive the conference rate.

Register before February 25, 2017 to receive the special early bird conference rate of $133, plus a $18 resort fee per night. As of February 26, 2017, the rate will increase to $151.00 plus $18.00 resort fee. Government rooms will be at the prevailing government rate regardless of date and all reservations must be made no later than April 3, 2017. The rates are subject to Washington lodging fees and taxes.

Getting Here

Approximate Driving Times to Skamania Lodge from:
Downtown Portland, Oregon – 45 Minutes
Portland International Airport – 45 Minutes
Hood River, Oregon – 35 Minutes
Seattle, Washington – 3.5 Hours
Boise, Idaho – 7 Hours

Ride Share Services

These services can be cost effective when used as shared/group transportation. NABI will assist members with ride share coordination closer to the conference date. Additional shuttle options may become available.


Astra Limousine

Lucky Limousine

Driving Directions

From the Portland International Airport
Leave airport via I-205 South. Exit to Interstate 84 East (toward The Dalles). Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approx. 1½ miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.

From Seattle
Drive south on I-5. Exit to I-205 south (exit #7). Watch for signs to State Highway 14 (exit #27) and exit east (toward Camas). Continue driving East on SR-14. Continue eleven miles past the Skamania General Store, passing Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-205 toward Portland. Exit to I-84 eastbound. Follow directions from the Portland Airport (above).

From Eastern Washington
Drive south from Kennewick on I-82. Take SR-14 west (toward Vancouver, WA). Enter city of Stevenson and continue to the west end of town. Turn right on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-82 to Umatilla, OR, and take 730 west to Boardman and then I-84 West. Follow directions from Eastern Oregon (below).

From Eastern Oregon
Drive west on I-84. Take the Cascade Locks/Stevenson/Bridge of the Gods exit (#44). Drive through the town of Cascade Locks. At the west end of town, turn left to the Bridge of the Gods. Cross the bridge (toll), and turn right (east) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.

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About NABI

NABI has its roots in the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit of 2013, held at the University of Missouri. BIIS 2013 was the first meeting of the national BI community. It was followed by a second Summit in Arlington, Virginia. A result of those meetings was the formation of an engaged and active community that is ready to create its own national organization.

The goal of NABI is to create a community of practice that fosters the development of sustainable and scalable institutional capacity and engagement in broader impacts activity. This goal will be accomplished through the achievement of the following four objectives:

  • Identify and curate promising models, practices, and evaluation methods for the BI community;
  • Expand engagement in and support the development of high-quality BI activities by educating current and future faculty and researchers on effective BI practices;
  • Develop the human resources necessary for sustained growth and increased diversity of the BI community; and
  • Promote cross-institutional collaboration on and dissemination of BI programs, practices, models, materials, and resources.

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