Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions provide an opportunity for AAAS Annual Meeting attendees and the public to hear from world-renowned speakers. The speakers discuss important progress on pressing science, technology, and policy issues, and share insights into future directions. Plenary sessions are free and open to all.

hamburg

AAAS President’s Address

Dr. Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health, medicine and biomedical research and innovation. As Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, she serves as senior advisor on international matters and liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. She is also President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Hamburg is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, she was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH). She has done neuroscience research at Rockefeller University and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Hamburg currently sits on a number of Boards, including the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Urban Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. She serves in various advisory roles, including the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation, and the World Dementia Council. She is widely published and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.
Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

Thursday, February 14
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

international panel

Responding Faster and Smarter to New Problems

Dr. Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health, medicine and biomedical research and innovation. As Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, she serves as senior advisor on international matters and liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. She is also President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Hamburg is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, she was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH). She has done neuroscience research at Rockefeller University and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Hamburg currently sits on a number of Boards, including the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Urban Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. She serves in various advisory roles, including the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation, and the World Dementia Council. She is widely published and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.
Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

Friday, February 15
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

hamburg

Fundamental Research at CERN and International Collaboration

Fabiola Gianotti received her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano in 1989. Since 1994, she has been a research physicist in the Physics Department of CERN and since August 2013 an honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. On January 1, 2016 she became the first female Director-General of CERN.
Dr. Gianotti has worked on several CERN experiments, and been involved in detector R&D, construction, software development and data analysis. From 2009 to 2013, she held the elected position of project leader (spokesperson) for the ATLAS experiment, and had the task of presenting the results on the search for the Higgs boson in a seminar at CERN on July 4, 2012.
Gianotti was awarded the honour of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’ordine al merito della Repubblica” by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. She received the Special Fundamental Physics Prize of the Milner Foundation (2012), the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society (2013) and the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen (2013). She was included among the “Top 100 most inspirational women” by The Guardian newspaper (UK, 2011), ranked 5th in Time magazine’s Personality of the Year (USA, 2012) and included among the “Top 100 most influential women” by Forbes magazine (USA, 2013).

Saturday, February 16
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

hamburg

Science Activation: How Do We Get Our Science Used by Those in Power?

Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities, and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech. Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. With a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones served 33 years with the US Geological Survey, researching approaches to earthquake clustering and short-term probability of foreshock and aftershock sequences. She created methodologies for assessing earthquake probability that have been the basis for all earthquake advisories issued by the State of California. She served on the Board on Natural Disasters and the Resilient America Roundtable, both of the National Research Council, the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation, and the California Seismic Safety Commission. Dr. Jones developed the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, that now encompassed over 60 million participants around the world in 2018. Her pioneering science was recognized with the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, the 2016 William Rodgers Distinguished Alumni Award from Brown University, the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Award of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and most recently, the 2018 Frank Press Medal from the Seismological Society of America.

Sunday, February 17
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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