Why Become an Affiliate?
AAAS affiliates include 264 societies and academies of science, serving more than 10 million members, representing the world’s largest federation of scientific and engineering societies. For information about our affiliate organizations, please see our list of AAAS Affiliates.
Once completing the Affiliate Application Process, Affiliate status with AAAS comes with numerous benefits. These benefits contribute to positive publicity of both organizations, strengthening membership communities, enhancing advocacy efforts, and much more. Below are some of the great benefits frequently leveraged by affiliate organizations. For more information, please see our complete AAAS Affiliate Benefits.
Discounted Exhibition Space at the AAAS Annual Meeting
Affiliated organizations may take advantage of discounted exhibit booth space at the AAAS Annual Meeting. This preferential rate provides an opportunity for affiliated organizations to enhance their visibility among strategically important audience of scientists, educators, policymakers, journalists, and science advocates.
Multi-society letters, organized by the AAAS Office of Government Relations, provide an opportunity for like-minded, yet diverse organizations to stand together in support of the scientific enterprise.
AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshops
AAAS affiliates have an opportunity to participate in the annual CASE workshop that AAAS organizes for graduate students interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making.
Golden Goose Award Ceremony
AAAS works in partnership with affiliates to host the annual Golden Goose Awards, which honor federally-funded scientific research that may sound odd or obscure, or was singled out for ridicule, but ultimately delivered significant benefits to society. AAAS affiliates contribute by nominating award candidates and sponsoring the ceremony and/or the video that is prepared to tell the story of the awardees. Affiliates who sponsor the ceremony or video also have an opportunity to attend an invite-only luncheon on Capitol Hill with awardees and Members of Congress.
AAAS affiliates will receive information about our AAAS Awards and have an opportunity to nominate scientists, engineers, authors, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science.
Equal Opportunity in the Sciences and Engineering
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is formally committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to irrelevant considerations of sex, race, creed, color, handicap, national origin, or age. It practices this principle in the selection and promotion of its employees and by opening its membership to all who are interested; by encouraging its nominating committees to nominate women, minority, and handicapped scientists and engineers for elective positions; and by attempting to increase the participation of women, minority, and handicapped scientists and engineers in all of its activities.
The Board of Directors recognizes that complex social, economic, and political forces have combined in the past to discourage women, minority, and handicapped persons from entering the sciences and engineering, and to deny those who do not enter equal access to positions of respect and authority. It is the Board's conviction that if each professional association would take all measures within its power to counteract these historic forces, the cause of truly equal opportunity for everyone in the scientific and engineering professions would be significantly advanced. The Board urges the affiliated organizations to join with the Association in this endeavor.