Thursday, February 15
Science and technology are integral to modern life, and many critical decisions facing society require finding common ground between scientists and members of the public. This annual seminar focuses on different aspects and approaches to communicating science, always emphasizing both theory and practice. The sessions provide a forum for scientists, science communication and public engagement professionals, and social scientists whose research can inform best practices to share their expertise and learn from one another. Participants gain actionable knowledge and join a growing community focused on public engagement with science.
Friday, February 16
This seminar brings together a diverse group of sessions around the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting theme, “Advancing Science: Discovery to Application.” Each of these panels highlights different ways scientific research translates into applications that serve society, and how the various sectors within the scientific enterprise collaborate to achieve this goal. One session focuses on materials research and manufacturing, sharing examples of how companies choose what to invest in, and how partnerships with academia and government have contributed to new technologies. Another session explores the stages of technology development and transfer across several areas of chemistry, describing impacts in the fields of energy, transportation, and public health. A third panel traces the path from laboratory research to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, and a fourth discusses collaboration in national security and defense between government, academia, and private industry – which leads not only to technological advancement but also to improvements in how social science is applied to public policymaking.
Saturday, February 17
Artificial intelligence has potential applications and implications across nearly all areas of life and science. Convening three leaders in the field, one session addresses landscape-level questions of how artificial intelligence research and development has grown to where it is today and how it will meet future challenges to progress. One session demonstrates how artificial intelligence can improve water resource management decisions, and another addresses how to develop artificial intelligence technologies in socially responsible ways. A fourth session focuses on areas where humans will work with machines rather than be replaced by them, exploring how the unique strengths of each can be leveraged to maximize effectiveness.
Sunday, February 18
Broadening access to science and scientific careers, and supporting equity in treatment as well as opportunity, are critical to individual civil rights, although they also benefit science and society at large. These efforts include both outreach and recruitment of historically marginalized groups (such as people with disabilities, underrepresented minorities, women, and those identifying as LGBTQ+), as well as changes to the culture and structure of scientific institutions and endeavors to ensure these individuals are accepted, able to thrive, and are reflected in how science is viewed and conducted. This seminar convenes sessions discussing various aspects of STEM diversity and inclusion to share projects and data, and gather additional perspectives on the range of ways to achieve these goals through funding, programs, and everyday action.