Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems

We are embedded in a variety of ecosystems, including the environments that we inhabit and the many social systems in which we live and work. Finding ways of maintaining the stable balance of these ecosystems in the face of rapidly changing circumstances is critical for our advancement. Drawing on a multitude of scientific perspectives, this Annual Meeting seeks to feature diverse ways of understanding the complexities and dynamics of biological, physical, social, and economic systems across scales, as well as strengthening and activating new connections to address underlying problems in various spheres. These challenges facing contemporary society will provide the opportunity to creatively harness science, engineering, technology, and policy to promote sustainable change.

Research topics which may be addressed include:

  • Toxins and pollution remediation
  • Artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and human-machine interface applications
  • Modeling—traditional methods to quantum computing Weathering extreme climate and geological changes
  • Microbiomes
  • Genetic engineering challenges
  • Social ecosystems
  • Systems of interaction and community-building both in-person and virtually
  • Invasive species
2021 AAAS Annual Meeting Timeline

The AAAS staff, the program committee, disciplinary sections, a local committee, and others work hard all year to put on the best event we can! Make sure you don’t miss a deadline—see what’s happening to develop the Annual Meeting all year round.

Major Milestones

  • 2020 Annual Meeting held in Seattle, WA
  • February 8–11, 2020
  • 2021 Advance registration opens
  • September, 2020
  • Online program released
  • Early October, 2020
  • Advance registration closes
  • Late January, 2021
  • 2021 Annual Meeting held online
  • February 8-11, 2021

Scientific Session and Workshop Proposals

  • Submission website for
    scientific session proposals opens
  • February 16, 2020
  • Deadline for submitting scientific session and career development workshop proposals
  • July 14, 2020
  • Notification to organizers of scientific sessions proposal acceptance
  • August 24, 2020
  • Notification to coordinators of career workshop acceptance
  • Late August, 2020

E-poster Session Submissions

  • Deadline for poster submission
  • October 19, 2020
  • Notification of poster session acceptance
  • November, 2020
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February 8-11, 2021