Speakers and Other Session Participants

Thank you for being part of the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting! This page is for session organizers, speakers, moderators, and other participants in the meeting program. Find important information to help you prepare for your presentation and get the most from your meeting experience.

Speaker Tips and Free Advance One-on-One Consultations

The AAAS Annual Meeting draws an interdisciplinary science audience. While you are likely to have experts in your field attend your talk, you will also have scientists and students from other fields, as well as journalists and science communicators. AAAS recommends speakers check out these tips for ensuring your talk is a success, and the additional resources from the Communicating Science program. We also have quick suggestions for moderators.

AAAS also offers speakers free access to an expert communication consultant in advance of the meeting (this service will not be offered in-person at the meeting this year). Consultants will work with you via Skype to strengthen your presentation style, organization, graphics, and delivery. Please contact public_engagement@aaas.org to register for this service no later than January 12. Calls will be scheduled between January 16 – February 7. Space is limited.

There are also numerous opportunities for science communication training and discussion at the meeting. These include:

  • Communicating Science Seminar
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • Share Your Science: Meeting attendees are encouraged to visit this booth in the Exhibit Hall between 12:00 – 5:00pm on Friday – Sunday, to record short videos (approximately two minutes long) about their work, scientific interests, community activities, or anything else they’d like to share. Staff are available to provide a brief consultation.
  • AAAS Communication and Public Engagement Workshops at the Annual Meeting:
  • These workshops are based on the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology’s Communicating Science Workshops, which have trained more than 5000 people at universities, meetings, and government agencies worldwide since 2008. Sign up when you register for the meeting.

Other Opportunities for Speakers at the Annual Meeting

  • Sci-Mic Stage
    AAAS is extending a special invitation to science podcasters to interview participants about their work and expertise. There will be a stage in the Exhibit Hall where these interviews can be seen by a live audience, in-person and on social media. Interested speakers can be included on our list of available scientists by responding to our request on their individual speaker page (link sent by email).

  • Family Science Days
    AAAS Family Science Day is a free public science event that offers an array of hands-on family and child-friendly activities. This event takes place on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Annual Meeting. Come check it out to see the next generation engaging with science. Email sbaker@aaas.org if you’re interested in participating in some way.

    • Science Storytellers is a new public engagement program that connects kids and scientists through one-to-one conversations and storytelling. We are looking for scientists to join us at our Family Science Days booth, where kids will interview you in the manner of science journalists, and then take the first steps in writing a story about the experience. If you’d like to volunteer, please email program director Jenny Cutraro at jenny@sciencestorytellers.org.

Social Media

The Annual Meeting has a large social media component and speakers are encouraged to participate in the online conversation. Live-tweeting of scientific sessions is encouraged. If a meeting speaker does not wish to have his/her research shared on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks, he/she should make an announcement before his/her presentation. Read the social media policy for the meeting.

On Twitter, we ask that you always use the #AAASmtg hashtag.

AAAS Annual Meeting App

The Annual Meeting app will be available in February 2018. In the meantime, check out the online meeting program.

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