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September 5, 2024 • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 6, 2024 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

EPA Campus, Building C, Room C111-AB
3799 Hopson Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


The aWARE tool is a web-based project led by the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) and the Division of Toxicology and Technology (DTT). Its purpose is to address the challenge of understanding environmental contributors to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by creating an interactive and visual tool.

The aWARE tool aims to aggregate and assess data from published research on environmental factors related to ASD, using a systematic evidence map (SEM) approach. SEMs allow users to identify and display relevant published evidence as well as to explore research questions within the available evidence. Prior to tool development, listening sessions engaged the broader autism community to gather perspectives.

The upcoming workshop will discuss objectives, scope, tool entities, and user experiences, aiming to create a valuable resource that resonates with diverse perspectives within the ASD community.

For more detailed information, you can refer to the research article titled “Becoming aWARE: The Development of a Web-Based Tool for Autism Research and the Environment” (DOI: 10.3390/jox13030031).


Online participants can register for the workshop through the registration webpage.  

Note: Please note that the registration page provided is specifically for virtual participants planning to attend the event. While virtual participants will not be able to participate in break-out sessions, they will have access to presentation sessions and all-hands discussions. Invited participants with a meeting role are expected to attend in person at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Durham, North Carolina. Although space will be limited, there may be some availability for a few in-person attendees. If you’d like to attend in person, please reach out to Astrid Haugen to make a request.

Visiting RTP

The visiting EPA webpage has helpful information on the entrance gates, security measures, directions and parking, campus maps, and more.

A room block reservation has been made at Hyatt House Raleigh Durham Airport. The hotel offers a continental breakfast, shuttles to and from the airport, and is close to many restaurants. NIEHS will be providing shuttles to and from the EPA Campus. The cutoff date for reserving your room is August 15, 2024. For more information and to reserve your room please use the Hyatt House Raleigh Durham Airport group reservation webpage.

Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda will be posted as it becomes available.


For questions that can't be answered by the content of this website, please contact Astrid Haugen (984-287-3266) or Amanda Garton (984-287-3260). For logistical questions, please contact Courtney Gunderson (716-698-2197).