Conference Support

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Notre Dame enjoys a strong reputation among its peer institutions for hosting academic conferences and other scholarly meetings.

In an effort to encourage more of this activity, ISLA offers a number of grants to support conferences and visiting lecturers and artists, as well as expert conference planning services. 

Academic Conferences Office

Our experienced professionals can provide assistance in all phases of the planning and implementation of your event.

Whether this is your first time organizing a meeting, or you have hosted dozens of these events, our goal is to ease the burden of planning a conference so that you can relax and focus on the content of your program. ISLA's academic conference services are available to faculty in the College of Arts and Letters for events that exceed a total budget of $10,000.

While the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) is a natural site for most conferences, there are increasingly other campus venues available for academic conferences. Opportunities are also available for faculty to host meetings at Notre Dame's Global Gateways: London, Dublin, Rome, Tantur (Jerusalem), and other overseas sites.

As soon as you consider hosting a conference or scholarly meeting, please contact Lauri Roberts in the Academic Conferences Office. It’s never too early to start planning. The benefits of using the services of academic conference planning include:


  • Develop customized event budget and set registration fees
  • Administer budget and pay all event expenses
  • Process participant refunds as specified by the program
  • Provide final event summary of all financial transactions

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  • Identify facilities, conduct site visits, and manage contracts
  • Negotiate hotel rates and coordinate room blocks
  • Handle speaker arrangements (transportation, compensation, travel, and presentation logistics)
  • Work with event exhibitors and sponsors
  • Administer refreshment breaks
  • Coordinate all receptions, banquets, lunches, and dinners


  • Manage online, fax, mail, e-mail, and in-person registrations
  • Compile participant reports, including e-mail lists
  • Develop, print, and assemble all participant materials (nametags, confirmations, invoices, and handouts)

Please Note: a 5% conference administration fee will be added to all conference budgets to help cover the many services ISLA's professional academic conference staff provides.

For more information contact Lauri Roberts (631-1468) or Kristen Garvin-Podell (631-7291). The academic conferences office is in 356 O'Shaughnessy Hall.