STIX: Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange


STIX was started in 2017 by the Basic Research Office to showcase the transformative impacts of the DoD's science and technology programs.

DoD sponsored research has enabled technologies that we use every day – from the internet and GPS to auto-injectors and improved surgical techniques. These have transformed the way we communicate, travel, and live healthier lives.  STIX aims to highlight ongoing scientific work, promote learning and enable collaboration by providing DoD-funded scientists, engineers, program managers, and students a platform to share their research with broad audiences. 

2020 Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange


Given the current concerns about COVID-19 and the resultant travel restrictions as well as the inadvisability of large gatherings, we will be postponing the STIx event. However, we do still plan to move forward with hosting the event at a later date. Please continue to visit our website regularly for updates.



This year's STIX aims to highlight the importance of basic research in disrupting paradigms and assumptions. We will discuss the disruptions in understanding and technology wrought by basic science that benefit both the warfighter and general society, and/or best practices related to STEM recruitment and retention which is essential to ensure our national security and workforce needs.

Speakers for the event include:

• Department of Defense funded researchers from US universities
• Research scientists and program managers from DoD laboratories
• Student participants in SMART and NDSEG
• MURI awardees
• Participants of Basic Research Office programs including Vannevar Bush, Blue Sky, LUCI, and I-Corps @ DoD
• K-12 science teachers that have participated in DoD sponsored program

2017 Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange

The inaugural STIX event was held in Crystal City, Virginia from August 24-25th, 2017.  The event consisted of a series of lightning talks based on the theme of "The Big Question".  Specifically, speakers delivered presentations that addressed one or more of the three 

  • The big question that my research seeks to answer
  • The big question that my technology addresses
  • The big question of identifying, nurturing, and/or retaining top STEM talent

Click below to view videos of popular presentations from our 2017 event!