Flash Talks

  • Advocating for Science

    Saturday, February 17, 01:30 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.

    These flash talks share a variety of motivations and strategies for engaging in science policy and science advocacy. Topics include a program promoting the value of science to society as a method of garnering political support, and research conducted during the March for Science to help place the event in a larger context and examine its outcomes. Another speaker will provide action-oriented tips for researchers interested in policy engagement. After these short talks, all participants join for a 30-minute group discussion.

  • Communication and Perception

    Friday, February 16, 01:30 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.

    This session considers human communication from anthropological, linguistic, and cognitive perspectives. It touches on continuing studies and theories of how language evolved, how our speech affects the way we perceive and receive others, and the science communication implications of research on how humans reason, process information, and make decisions. After three short talks, a 30-minute discussion provides an opportunity for all participants to engage with the speakers and one another.

  • Developing Robotics to Assist Humans

    Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    In this flash talk session, experts in robotics share several new applications of robot technology and explore the associated technological and societal questions and challenges. One speaker focuses on how autonomous intelligent robots are being programmed to learn and interact, while another talk centers on the use of robots in disasters and the reasons these haven’t been deployed very successfully in the United States. A third flash talk shares recent research on how machines can infer the mental state of humans and thereby enhance human performance on military, healthcare, and manufacturing tasks. After three short talks, a 30-minute discussion provides an opportunity for all participants to engage with the speakers and one another.

  • Managing Innovation

    Friday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Speakers in this flash talk session discuss the range of ways research and technology development can be fostered and regulated. One talk focuses on a public-private partnership, another on a national government effort, and a third on the web of existing and potential options for managing one important area of science. After these short talks, all attendees participate in a group discussion about strategies and considerations for efficiently and effectively encouraging innovation.

  • Technology to Serve the World

    Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    This session brings together flash talks oriented toward the interface between technological advances and societal needs. Speakers share a diversity of topics, from space technology to medicine-quality screening, to applying the Internet of Things in agriculture. Each considers how these technologies serve the public good in just and equitable ways. After these short talks, a group discussion provides an opportunity to learn more about the specific technologies and projects, as well as consider broader questions about technology development and its benefits.

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