AAAS Affiliate Benefits
Affiliate meeting at the AAAS Annual Meeting
Affiliates are invited to attend an affiliate-focused meeting each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting. This event allows affiliates the opportunity to discuss specialized interests as well as take advantage of the wide array of programming offered at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
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.
Annual Affiliate Breakfast
Beginning in 2019, AAAS will host an annual breakfast for affiliate organizations at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from other organizations to discuss shared interests and ideas on key issues.
AAAS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with our affiliates through cross-promotion of mutually agreed upon advertisements and co-sponsored events. These events and materials generally support the mission of all organizations involved and are subject to a review process by AAAS and participating affiliates.
Communication Resources and Collaboration
AAAS provides strategic communication resources to advance the work of the scientific community including: online resources, groups focused on communications and social media that meet regularly to discuss resources and issues of mutual interest, and cross-promotion of activities through social media and joint communications campaigns. We collaborate with affiliated organizations to share information, develop and maintain partnerships, and prepare for future communication opportunities.
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. Such action allows our community to form a powerful and unified voice in support of STEM during a crucial time. Recent examples include responses to the EPA transparency rule, immigration and visas, and federal funding for basic R&D, among others. An extensive list can be found here.
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. Affiliates may send 1-4 graduate students for an engaging 3½ day workshop to introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. Students learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. After the workshop students form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.
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.