Knowledge based on well-validated scientific discovery gives us the ability to transform our world. Over the last half-century, new discoveries from many different areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine have provided solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Research provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore and transform our world in all its complexity and mechanistic detail. It enables us to uncover fundamental aspects of how we relate to our world and to one another.

And yet, while the trajectory of the future will be defined by both the predictable and unexpected consequences of current scientific endeavors, the value of and trust in science have diminished. Science literacy, evidence-based decision making, science-based planning, and the use of validated knowledge to drive public policy are no longer universal societal aspirations. Engagement and communication must ensure that the value of science becomes accessible to all.

The 2022 AAAS Annual Meeting will feature groundbreaking trans- and multi-disciplinary research – not only to advance knowledge, but to understand and ultimately resolve many of the problems we face. The meeting will also highlight new initiatives in advocacy, education, and policy to address the challenges of rebuilding the public’s trust and appreciation of science.


The AAAS Scientific Program Committee is charged with establishing the meeting theme and program tracks, reviewing proposals and selecting scientific sessions, topical lectures, and special sessions, as well as performing other functions deemed necessary to develop a scientific program for the AAAS Annual Meeting. The Association’s President and President-Elect are the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Committee, which is composed of 13 appointed members, reflecting the range of scientific disciplines of the AAAS membership.

Susan Amara
AAAS President
Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health

Gilda Barabino
AAAS President-Elect
President and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Olin College of Engineering

Lisa Chong
Editor, Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Karen Emmorey
Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Director, Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience
San Diego State University

Edray Herber Goins
Professor of Mathematics
Pomona College

David Gracias
Professor and Director of the PhD Program
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Joseph Francisco
President’s Distinguished Professor
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
University of Pennsylvania

Agustin Fuentes
Department of Anthropology
Princeton University

James Kurose
Distinguished Professor
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cindy Lee
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Stony Brook University

Ernesto E. Marinero
University Professor
Schools of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Professor and Chair
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz

Denis-Didier Rousseau
Senior Research Scientist
Ecole Normale Supérieure CERES-ERTI & Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique

Yang Shao-Horn
W.M. Keck Professor of Energy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Joyce Wong
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Inaugural Term Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University

AAAS is committed to making the Annual Meeting an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. View Our Policies
AAAS is committed to making the Annual Meeting an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. View Our Policies