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After Haiti’s devastating earthquake, a AAAS report laid out a vision for advancing science and education in Haiti, as a foundation for the country’s more stable, prosperous future. Four years later, efforts to strengthen Haitian science and technology are gaining ground, though more work remains ahead.
Experts from around the world are predicting the next big thing – from the development of a 3D manufactured organ to whether or not implantable sensors for monitoring cancer will enter clinical trials by the end of 2015 on SciCast, the largest known science and technology-focused crowdsourced forecasting site.
The development community knows that it can’t ignore climate effects and sustainability while trying to improve the lives of the poor, but it needs interdisciplinary scientific input on how to do it.

by Bert Richard Johannes Bolin

The author is the former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the recipient of the 1998 AAAS International Scientific Cooperation Award. This speech was delivered at the CAIP Annual Luncheon Meeting on February 15th during the 1998 AAAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA


Arthur Lupia, explaining how social science research can inform government policy,
asks “which evaluations we should believe?” [AAAS/Robert Beets]