Networking Opportunities

The Core seeks to ensure opportunities for networking and building collaborations both among social and behavioral scientists but also with researchers from other disciplines and community partners. We seek to meet these goals by hosting various types of events which are open to all CFAR investigators and community members.


To facilitate networking and research collaborations, the Core holds biannual mixers that bring together CFAR investigators – those already conducting SBS research and those from other areas of expertise, with investigators who may be conducting SBS research currently that are interested in moving into HIV focused work, or interested in learning more about the CFAR. Mixers allow time for both individual and group interaction and discussion of ongoing research and opportunities to connect with colleagues over shared areas of interest.

Mixers also provide investigators with a great way to get a sense for how your work and CFAR research goals may align including becoming aware of how the CFAR supports its investigators through mentorship, funding opportunities, and service provision.

Virtual Coffee Hours

Monthly Virtual Coffee Hours provide an opportunity to meet and network with SBS Core investigators over a specific shared topic. Coffee Hour topics change monthly and are hosted by SBS core leadership and senior investigators with particular expertise in the area of focus.

Recordings and other resources discussed during the coffee hours are available upon request to all CFAR members. Please contact SBS Core Manager Allison O'Rourke for instructions. 

Community Meet and Greet

The Core periodically organizes community meet and greets where DC CFAR investigators can learn more about community-based organizations or community resources in DC that are relevant to the conduct of social and behavioral research. Investigators can learn about potential research partners, locations for subject recruitment, types of services available to vulnerable populations and more

Social and Behavioral Sciences-Focused City-Wide Seminars

In collaboration with the Administrative Core, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core plans one or two city-wide seminars each year focused on social and behavioral research topics. These seminars bring together 50-100 DC CFAR investigators with representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations across the city to hear prominent HIV/AIDS scientists from around the country present on new and innovative topics of interest.

Become a Member

Investigators interested in networking opportunities should become a member if not already. All events are announced in weekly member updates.