The AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity  and the Lemelson Foundation  have joined forces and are proud to announce the new AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program, designed to celebrate and highlight the importance of invention and inventors.
Through the program, ambassadors will strive to cultivate a new and diverse generation of inventors; increasing global understanding of the role of invention in improving our quality of life, creating new products and building new businesses, and showcasing the importance of inventors and invention education.
Advisory Committee members include: Phillip Sharp-Chair (MIT/Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; Carol Dahl (Lemelson Foundation); Bernard David (NEON, Inc./Global CO2 Science Initiative); Lynford Goddard (University of Illinois); Lonnie Johnson (Johnson R&D Co., Inc.); Dean Kamen (FIRST/DEKA R&D Corporation); Claudia Munce, IBM; Jason Pontin (MIT Technology Review); and Sharon Vosmek (Astia).
Invention Ambassadors should be “catalytic” mid-career inventors who demonstrate: (1) a high regard for the role of invention; (2) an invention track record; (3) an accomplished professional career; (4) a commitment to invention’s role in impacting environmental sustainability; and (5) experience or interest in speaking to audiences.
Five ambassadors will be chosen in the first class of the program. Ambassadorships are 12 months long and each Ambassador would be involved in advocacy opportunities in two or three strategically selected public engagement venues.
Applications and Nominations are due by April 28, 2014.
To learn more, please visit www.aaas.org/invention .