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Submission site opens: February 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET
Deadline for submission: July 14, 2020 11:59 PM ET

About the Format: The 90-Minute symposium format should be focused on topics and projects with broad appeal and relevance. A panel is composed of three speakers giving presentations followed by a period for audience questions and comments. Session organizers are welcome to integrate more audience interaction throughout the session.

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

The AAAS Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that connect to the theme. However, proposals not directly related to the theme will be considered if they involve ground-breaking areas of research, new and exciting developments or new angles for approaching a topic, or cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education.


February 16: 2021 Scientific Session and Career Workshop proposal submission sites publicly announced and opened at the Sunday plenary.
July 2: Deadline for sign-up to be a session proposal reviewer.
July 14: Deadline for submitting 2020 Scientific Session and Career Workshop proposals. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline.
July 23: Proposal review opens.
July 30: Proposal review closes.
August 11-13: Program Committee meets to select Scientific Sessions, Seminars, Topical lecturers, and Career Workshops.

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