IRIS Summit

The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is hosting its first-ever integrated IRIS Summit, featuring discussions on data, policy, and research. The free event is open to all with an interest in using administrative data to better understand, explain, and improve higher education.

Sessions will focus on:

  • data products that tell the story of academia’s public value
  • research questions
  • using and improving the IRIS data infrastructure.

We seek to grow and nurture the community of IRIS data providers and users to contribute to the national conversation. Make your voice heard!

Date: September 26-27, 2019 (Pre-conference events will take place on September 25th)

Location: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson Street, Room 1430, Ann Arbor, MI

Cost: FREE (but registration is required)


Confirmed Speakers: Matt Owens, Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities; Sheila Martin, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Steve Heinig, Director, Science Policy, Association of American Medical Colleges; Jason Owen-Smith, Executive Director, IRIS; Kimberly Griffin, Director for Electronic Research Administration, Northwestern University; John Gonzalez, Director of Institutional Research, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan; Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director of University Research Corridor (Michigan); Michael Holland, Vice Chancellor, Science Policy and Research Strategies, University of Pittsburgh; IRIS Co-PIs Julia Lane, New York University and Bruce Weinberg, The Ohio State University;  researchers from around the country using IRIS data for their work; and more.

Go to to register.

IRIS has negotiated blocks of hotel rooms for the IRIS Summit. Please reserve by the dates listed to secure the negotiated rates. Note that hotel blocks are available for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. If you plan to stay in Ann Arbor on Friday night, be sure to make your reservations early as that Saturday is a home Michigan football game, so accommodations will book quickly.


Graduate Ann Arbor
615 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Walking distance to the event

Hyatt Place Ann Arbor 
3223 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Shuttle available or about 10 minutes drive to event

Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown 
120 West Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Walking distance to the event

Wyndham Garden Hotel Ann Arbor 
2900 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
On the bus line or about 10 minutes drive to event

Other Lodging Options

You can find other hotels, B&B, and more at Visit Ann Arbor.

All events will be held at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) at 426 Thompson Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Arrival by plane

Ann Arbor is about 25 miles from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) so it is a fairly short cab or Uber/Lyft ride from the airport. There are also ground transportation options, including the AirRide that offer frequent service between DTW and the Blake Transit Center (in downtown Ann Arbor, 5-10 minutes walking distance from the ISR) for $12 each way.

Arrival by train

The Amtrak station is located at 325 Depot Street, which is just less than 1 mile from the ISR.

Arrival by bus

Both Greyhound and Megabus offer service to Ann Arbor. The Greyhound stops at 325 Depot Street (the Amtrak station), less than a mile from the ISR. The Megabus station is located about three miles from the ISR at the Briarwood Mall, 900 Briarwood Circle, near the Sears Auto Center. The stop is at parking lot pole #15.

Arrival by car

If you drive to the event, there is a University of Michigan visitor parking lot located at 400 Thompson Street, directly across the street from the main entrance to the ISR, but this has a limited number of spaces. (See more Michigan parking information here.) There are metered parking spots ($1.70/hour, payment by coin, credit, or with the ePark app) along most of the streets near the ISR building, but note that these spaces are limited to 3 or 4 hours.

If the Thompson Street lot is full when you arrive, we recommend one of the city parking structures ($1.20/hour, cash or credit) of which there are three options about equal distance to the ISR (5-10 minutes walking) at 115 E. William, 319 S. Fifth Ave, and 324 Maynard. We particularly recommend the parking structure at 115 E. William (which has entrances on both 4th and William Street) because it is large and usually has open spots at any time of day. (See Parking Availability updated here.)

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