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STAR-TIDES 15th Annual Capabilities Demo 

“Building Sustainable Resilience in a Post COVID19 World.”   

 Mason Fairfax CampusOctober 18 – 20, 2021  (Abstracts due May 24, 2021) 

The STARTIDES global knowledge-sharing network, orchestrated by George Mason University’s Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (CRASC), will have its 15th annual capabilities demonstration on Mason’s Fairfax Campus from Oct 18-20, 2021, followed by a related event in Pentagon Center Court on Oct 21-22. The Mason event will combine physical exhibits of publicly available technologies with virtual panels and speakers.  The overarching theme will be “Building Sustainable Resilience in a Post COVID-19 World.” 

This is a call for session abstracts.  This is not a call for exhibitors. Invitations for physical exhibitors at the Mason and Pentagon demos will be sent separately. Within the “Building Sustainable Resilience in a Post COVID-19 World” framework, we are inviting abstract submissions in one of three formats:

  • Panel or Interactive Talk: This is a 60-minute timeslot, which can be formatted as a moderated panel, interactive presentation or workshop with one or more presenters. Audience engagement through virtual polling, Q&A or other strategies is strongly encouraged.
  • Focused Presentation: This is a 15-minute presentation related to one or more of the platforms/keys to success listed below; Organizers will group focused presentations into themed sessions and assign a session host/moderator.
  • Lightning Talk: This is a 5-minute pre-recorded presentation, preferably in the format of a poster. Poster templates can be found in PowerPoint, or through Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research. Students are strongly encouraged to present in this format, though this format is not limited only to students. Virtual lightning talk presenters are encouraged to also print physical posters for an in-person poster presentation to be held in Merten Hall on the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Please click here or visit to submit your abstract, which should be received by Monday, May 24, 23:59 EDT. Required information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Position Title
  • Email
  • Co-Author Names (The submitter will automatically be listed as first/lead author).
  • Presentation Type
  • Abstract Title (300 characters)
  • Abstract Text (4,000 characters)
  • Theme Selection

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel and scheduled by STAR-TIDES organizers. Lead authors should receive notification of acceptance by June 7 to present their work at the annual STAR-TIDES capabilities demo. If you have questions or are interested in being an exhibitor, email

For insight into past capabilities demo virtual presentations, please visit

Presentations that span research and practice are encouraged in the following areas:


  • Energy & energy storage
  • Shelter, heating/cooling & lighting
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Nutrition, Public Health, and Integrated Cooking
  • Cross-cutting

Keys to Success

  • Narrative & Storytelling, Systems Thinking, Ethics
  • Education, Knowledge Sharing
  • Business and Finance (FinTech, distributed encrypted ledgers, metrics of success, etc.)
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Digital Enabling Technologies (GIS, identity management, building digital capacity, etc.)

Zoom is the anticipated platform for virtual sessions, and presenters will receive more details when they are selected and contacted by organizers. Information on registration and how to become an exhibitor at Mason (October 18-20, 2021) and Pentagon Court (October 21-22) coming soon. Email for more information.

What is STAR-TIDES? STAR-TIDES is a global knowledge-sharing network that focuses on building sustainable resilience, promoting human security (freedom from want and freedom from fear), and creating life-changing social and economic activities. These roles have evolved from original support by the U.S. Defense Department’s TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) program to four defense-related mission areas: building partner capacity, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, defense support of civil authorities, and stability and peacekeeping operations.

Across the world accelerating rates of technological and social change are putting businesses, governments, security structures, and social compacts under siege. Interconnected stresses and shocks challenge assumptions and best practices. Pressures for migration and marginalization are growing. People, organizations, indeed societies, will need integrated approaches to absorb disruptions and adapt to “new normals.” In any case, the ability to adapt/reposition is critical. The goal should be to leverage the stresses and shocks to emerge stronger. In sum, “Be prepared to bounce forward better.”

Learn more about STAR-TIDES at