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Access the conference through the Virtual Attendee Hub!

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The Virtual Attendee Hub is your one-stop-shop for accessing all sessions, workshops, and networking during the 2021 Affiliations Virtual Conference. Log in early to check out the Resource Fair Library and check out the upcoming schedule. Email if you have any problems logging in.

Steps to log in to the Virtual Attendee Hub

  1. Navigate to the login page here:
  2. Enter your first name, last name, and email address you used to register for the virtual conference. Click next
  3. A verification code will be emailed or sent via text to you. It is important you check your spam/junk email folder as the verification code will likely go there. If you entered a mobile phone number during registration, you may receive a text message.
  4. Once logged in, choose if you will be a visible or private attendee. If visible, you will be able to participate in discussion groups and other attendees can contact you to network. If you select private, you will not be seen by any attendees or speakers and will not be contacted. You can change this choice in your profile at any time

Not sure if you added a mobile phone number when you registered? You can double check following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Registration website
  2. Select “Already registered” underneath the yellow, register here button.
  3. Login with your email and confirmation number you received when you initially registered. Click “Modify Registration.”
  4. Update your personal information with your mobile phone number using NO dashes or periods. Numbers only!
  5. Click through the next pages until you see “Submit” and your information will be updated.

2021 Theme: Resilience, Learning, Innovation

In 2020, Smithsonian Affiliations adapted the National Conference to the moment we were in. We became a Virtual Conference almost overnight. We convened around ways to respond to the challenges of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political divisiveness. We asked ourselves how our collaborations can tackle these critical conversations and ensure greater reach, greater relevance, and profound impact. Over three-months of programming, we heard from each other and laid the foundations for taking action and working together.

In the past year we have learned how to be resilient, to listen and learn from each other, and to be leaders in innovation. We invite you to join us in 2021 for our Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Conference where our theme “Resilience, Learning, Innovation” will bring Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian colleagues together to build upon the groundwork we have started.

Registration Information

Dates: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – Thursday, October 28, 2021

Times: Each day will begin at 12:00 pm Eastern Time and conclude at 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Where: Virtual Attendee Hub

Accessibility: Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for conference. If you have questions about the accessibility of the virtual sessions or need to request additional accommodations, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee at Two weeks advance notice is appreciated for requesting additional accommodations.


  • Affiliate Institution (up to 25 individual registrations, full 3 days) – $225.00
  • Affiliate Staff Individual (full 3 days) – $125.00
  • Affiliate Speaker (full 3 days) – $100.00
  • Smithsonian Staff (full conference free to Smithsonian staff) – $0.00

More questions about conference logistics? Visit our Conference FAQs page.

Questions or comments? Please email

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates, Smithsonian staff members, and invited SITES Exhibitors only. If you are interested in learning more about a Smithsonian Affiliation, please contact us.