ICMI focuses on blending science and practice. MI is an ever-evolving approach informed by new data, and MI also evolves through the input of practitioners across many cultures, languages, and professions, regarding their experiences using MI in different settings with different focus areas. For those reasons, the ICMI conference is a place where both researchers and practitioners are welcome and valued, with a two-way focus on interchanging ideas and knowledge. As a scientific conference, ICMI focuses on research, program evaluation, and theory. Training and clinical presentations are more appropriate for the annual MINT forum.