Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is tailored exclusively for current Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian employees. Each year, the National Conference provides professional development and networking opportunities and is a platform to discuss and examine a series of timely and important questions.

The National Conference provides unique access to Smithsonian experts, program and exhibition opportunities, and collaborative brainstorming with fellow colleagues in the Smithsonian Affiliate network.

If you would like to suggest a session topic or lead a session, please email

Photo focuses on two 2016 Conference Attendees talking to each other while seated in an auditorium filled with people.

Affiliate attendees at the 2016 National Conference.