Conference FAQ

Why should I attend a WFRN conference?

The  most recent WFRN conference, the 2016 conference, was a terrific, exciting event, held right in the nation's capital, right at the height of the presidential election season on June 23-25, 2016.  About 650 work and family researchers from around the world (40+ countries) attended this event.  WFRN President Phyllis Moen and the conference program committee worked hard to achieve four goals - that the conference be Informative, Interesting, and Interactive, as well as Fun! On the day before the conference (Wednesday, June 22) a Congressional Education and Policy Day was held on Capitol Hill, and the first day of the conference (Thursday, June 23) featured Practitioner Day, a program within the program of particular interest to practitioners as well as researchers interested in engaging with practitioners.  There was time for Special Interest Groups to convene, and an array of special workshops including a Mentoring Workshop and Idea Incubators. 

The 2012 (inaugural) and 2014 conferences were also a huge success!   The next conference will be held on June 21-23, 2018 at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information about this event, click here.

Who attends the WFRN bienniel conferences?

Attendees at previous conferences have included the global community of work and family academics and scholars, such as faculty, staff, students, teachers, and researchers. Policy advocates, policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and interested others were also in attendance. 

When is the next WFRN conference, and where will it be held?

The next WFRN conference will be held on June 21-23, 2018 at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. , with a pre-conference workshop day on June 20More information is available here.

What is the WFRN conference registration fee?

Conference registration fees (in US dollars) for the 2016 WFRN conference are noted below.  The fees for the next conference in 2018 have not yet been set.

General (non-member) registration  $500
Member registration                        $300
Student registration                         $100

If you are presenting at a WFRN conference, you must be a member. You do not have to be a member to attend a conference. However, WFRN members receive a discounted conference rate.

How do I register for the WFRN conference?

Registration for the 2018 WFRN conference is not yet open.  Please check back in fall 2017.

Do I have to be a WFRN member to present at the WFRN conference?

Yes, if you are presenting at the conference you must be a WFRN member.

Can you provide some travel information for the next WFRN bienniel conference?

The next WFRN conference will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information about the hotel and travel for the June 21-23, 2018 conference.

I was unable to attend the 2016 conference, but would like to view the presentations. Is that possible?

We are encouraging attendees to deposit their conference presentations in the Work and Family Commons.  Go to Browse by Document Type and select "conference paper or presentation" and sort by date. Select 2016 from the left side green bar, Narrow Results By Date.

How can I present at the WFRN bienniel conference?

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 WFRN conference is November 1, 2017.  More information about the Call for Papers for the 2018 conference is available here.