A NEON Science Summit was hosted by Earth Lab in October 2019. The meeting brought together NEON data users to share ideas and strategies for leveraging data from the NEON program. It was held in "unconference" style, with an agenda and discussions sessions driven bottom-up by participants.
The 2019 meeting was the very first NEON Science Summit. It was a great opportunity for the scientific community to dig into the data available from NEON and explore how these data can answer complex questions in ecology and earth science.
The summit was funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which covered the cost of hosting the event and travel costs for many of the participants. It was geared towards graduate students and early career scientists, with the aim of increasing data literacy in the earth science and ecology community. Participant-led working groups explored ideas for using NEON data, and collaborative teams formed that carried these ideas beyond the summit.