The AAAS Annual Meeting is a widely recognized global science gathering, bringing thousands of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists together to discuss the most recent developments in science and technology.


Standards of Conduct

On 14 April 1978, the AAAS Board of Directors adopted the following position statement regarding standards of conduct at AAAS Meetings:

“The Board takes it for granted that all who attend the Annual Meetings of the Association will conduct themselves with consideration for others and with particular consideration for those who generously give their time and thought to the sessions. Differing opinions will continue to be heard and respected. We recognize that there are areas of science that are both controversial and troubling. The Annual Meeting can serve as an effective forum to consider such issues, so long as procedures of orderly debate and fairness are followed. Discourtesy and abusive behavior have no place in the Annual Meeting. When excesses occur they do great injury to the Association and to the process of discussion. They cannot be condoned.”