Networking Opportunities

Knowing about innovative projects and discovering new collaborators is necessary to stay competitive in today’s scientific environment. Below are opportunities open to all registrants to collaborate and hear new ideas, which may validate or challenge your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar – or you could even hear another idea and realize you’re already on the right track! You can make connections to help you further your own career, find a mentor or become one.

Remember to invest time the Expo – our exhibitors are experts in their fields. They are some of the best people for you to get to know in order to learn more about what’s happening in science now, and what may happen in the near future.

With thousands of attendees, you’ll have ample opportunities before, during, and after these events to meet your peers, mentors, and even your next hire.

Thursday, February 13  
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome to Seattle Reception
Kick off your AAAS Annual Meeting experience in Seattle, Washington with the University of Washington, our Host University!
Friday, February 14                 
9:30 AM Coffee Break in the Expo
As the Expo opens, take a morning break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Impromptu Deliberations: Booth 138 in the Expo
Opportunities for ad hoc discussions about science and technological trends and challenges.
3:00 PM Afternoon Coffee Break in the Expo
Take a break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Connecting Scientific and Religious Communities: AAAS DoSER Reception
 
Saturday, February 15  
9:30 AM Coffee Break in the Expo
Take a break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Impromptu Deliberations: Booth 138 in the Expo
Opportunities for ad hoc discussions about science and technological trends and challenges.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Science Media Roundtables
This is your chance for small group conversations with the most important producers and commissioners for science and nature media. Hear what they’re looking for, ask questions, and talk about the important stories that need to be told. Bring business cards, media idea “one pagers” and other materials to keep the conversation going even after this fast-paced yet intimate networking opportunity brought to you by Jackson Wild.
3:00 PM Afternoon Coffee Break in the Expo
Take a break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
3:00 PM LGBQT+ Coffee Mixer in the Expo
Mix and mingle with other local LGBTQ+ professionals across the scientific landscape.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AAAS/Kavli 75th Anniversary
Meet-and-mingle while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Awards.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM AAAS International Reception presented by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
This reception welcomes all AAAS delegates to celebrate the global research, innovation and collaboration which is shaping the lives of future generations and tackling some of the world’s challenges head-on.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Public Engagement with Science Networking Reception
This networking reception provides a space for attendees interested in public engagement to network and collaborate.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Annals of Improbable Research
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor research that makes people laugh, then think. Dramatic readings from Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies and patents will be presented.
Sunday, February 16  
9:30 AM Coffee Break in the Expo
As the Expo opens, take a morning break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Impromptu Deliberations: Booth 138 in Expo
Opportunities for ad hoc discussions about science and technological trends and challenges.
3:00 PM Afternoon Coffee Break in the Expo
Take a break between symposia and grab a hot cup of caffeine (or decaf) with some familiar and some new faces. Please continue to help AAAS with our eco efforts and bring your own re-usable coffee mug.
3:00 PM Caloric Celebrations: The Cake Cutting Honoring the Milestones Affecting Science
Come join Sudip Parikh, the new CEO of AAAS, as he cuts into this year’s anniversary cake. The cake is both gluten-free and vegan, and it will be available on a first-come, first-slice basis.  
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