2020-21 Conferences and Speaker Events Mostly Moving to Virtual Programming

The conferences at VMI are hosted and organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics' team of conference professionals, faculty, and staff. These events provide forums for discussions on issues of national, regional, and state importance, such as cybersecurity, STEM education, and the environment. Some conferences also provide co-curricular leader development and ethical training opportunities for VMI cadets.  Most of the conferences are open to the public and create strategic outreach between the Institute and leaders in academia, business, government, military, and think-tanks.

For the 2020-21 academic year following guidelines from the Commonwealth of Virginia governor's office and the CDC, most programming will be virtual. Bookmark this website, refer to the VMI calendar, or follow us on your favorite social media platform for the latest updates on conference events.

  • 2020 STEM Education Conference - canceled: Instead, we will curate and post to our web site a series of "STEM Shorts" featuring 3-5 mn highlights from past speakers and presenters. Content will go up weekly throughout September and into October. 

  • Annual Leadership and Ethics Conference - moved to Feb. 15 & 16, 2021: We are making plans for an in-person event, but are preparing to pivot to virtual. Decision TBD.

  • 5th Cyber Fusion and Virginia Cyber Cup Competition - canceled

  • 2021 Environment Virginia Symposium - March 23-25, 2020: As of August 2020, we are still making plans to host this event as an in-person gathering, while also preparing to move to virtual programming. We have retained the bulk of presentations for our programming from the 2020 call for presentations. Our conference programming committee will be helping us to round out any remaining presentation opportunities as the schedule allows. Decision TBD.