NHERI Summer

June 29 - July 1, 2020

The fourth annual NHERI Summer Institute will be held on June 29 - July 1, 2020, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus.  Early career faculty members, K-12 educators, engineers, and researchers interested in learning more about the Natural Hazards Engineering Research (NHERI) community are invited to apply for a travel award.  All are welcome to attend!

Topics of the three-day event included:

  • The mission of the NHERI program
  • Writing a grant proposal
  • NHERI network facility capabilities
  • Requesting research resources within the NHERI network
  • The NHERI Science Plan
  • Broader impacts and social science research components

All interested in participating in this annual event are welcome to attend.  Early career faculty (i.e., non-tenured professors or those relatively new to the field) and early career professionals can apply for travel funding available to the program.  Local K-12 educators who are interested can also apply for a stipend to cover participation in the program.


The 2020 NHERI Summer Institute will be held at the Downtown Campus of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and hosted by the Natural Hazards Engineering Infrastructure - NCO Education and Community Outreach (ECO) team.  The Summer Institute was also held at this location in 2018 and 2019.  The 2017 Summer Institute was held at the UTSA central campus, also in San Antonio.


There is no fee for attending the NHERI Summer Institute.  Everyone attending the event is asked to register so organizers can plan event spaces, accommodations, and meals for the week.  Registration for the 2020 Summer Institute is now open, with a deadline of June 15, 2020.

Summer Institute 2020 Registration


Lodging in San Antonio

Guests to the NHERI Summer Institute are welcome to reserve a rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Downtown San Antonio. The DoubleTree is directly across the street from the venue. You can call them directly at (210) 224-7155 and reserve with our group rate using code NSI (NHERI Summer Institute).

Hotels near UTSA Downtown Campus (PDF)

2018 Presentations

At the Summer Institute, attendees saw presentations about the NHERI program, the NHERI Experimental Facilities, and the processes researchers can follow to make use of NHERI resources.  These presentations are available (as PDFs) as a publication in the DesignSafe Data Depot:

Summer Institute 2018 Presentations


Travel Stipend Application

The NHERI grant has funding to cover a limited number of early career faculty members (i.e., non-tenured professors) and early career professionals for travel assistance to the Summer Institute program as well as senior-level graduate students.  K-12 educators will also be able to apply for a stipend for participating.  International travel assistance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as the grant funds allow.  The deadline for submitting travel stipend applications is March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm Central Time.




Attendees of the 2020 Summer Institute will experience three days filled with events on a wide range of topics about the NHERI program.  The general topics for each day will include:


NHERI Science Plan

Research grant proposal writing

San Antonio excursion


NHERI network research sites

Design of current and potential research projects at NHERI sites

Networking event


Education and community outreach design

Social science impact of natural hazards engineering research

NHERI leadership meetings

Networking event


A full schedule of the 2019 Summer Institute events is available:  Summer Institute 2019 Schedule (PDF)

Welcome to San Antonio, TX!

As the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second largest city in Texas, San Antonio has much to offer the adventurous visitor.  Be sure to explore famous sites like the Alamo or stroll the Riverwalk for many excellent dining choices.

San Antonio Attractions and Restaurants

Attending Remotely

For those unable to join us in San Antonio, the Summer Institute sessions will be streamed live over the Zoom conferencing service.  DesignSafe uses Zoom for all NHERI daily web conferencing needs, including events like the Summer Institute.

At the appropriate time June 29th, 30th, and July 1st, remote attendees may view the events of the Summer Institute by using a link which will be posted here in this section closer to the Summer Institute dates.

Remote attendees can check if their computer is ready at the Zoom Test Page. The Zoom service also has apps available for users of mobile devices.

Sessions will be recorded and made available at a future date.