SPARC Sessions

A goal of the Center’s Research Programs (Metals, Organics and Particles) is to bring together investigators across the many disciplines represented in the Center membership to stimulate work across exposures and disciplines.  To enhance collaborations, in 2019, the Research Programs launched the Space for Alternative Research Collaboration (SPARC). SPARC sessions occur quarterly and provide opportunities for Center members and affiliates at all levels (faculty, research scientists, post-docs and students) to meet informally. The central purpose of the sessions is to provide a comfortable venue and unstructured time during which investigators across disciplines can share ideas, learn about each other’s work, brainstorm new collaborations and enhance both camaraderie and intellectual creativity.

Each session has been organized around a theme to provide some structure to the large groups, but also includes significant time for casual conversations. SPARC sessions have led to a number of ongoing collaborations, including successful Center Pilot applications. All are welcome, no registration required. For questions, email

Upcoming SPARC sessions (2021-2022): Oct. 20 from 3-5pm; Dec. 1 from 3-5pm; Feb. 16 from 3-5pm; April 6 from 3-5pm