For more than four decades, AAAS’ Science & Technology Policy Forum has been a hub for scientists, policymakers and more to gather to discuss and address the most pressing challenges at the intersection of science, policy and society. After two years of virtual gatherings, AAAS will host a hybrid event: the 47th Annual Science & Technology Policy Forum will be held Oct. 25-26 virtually and at AAAS’ headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Registration is now open for the two-day event, which will focus on two timely themes: “Science and Data in Public Policy: New Paradigms for Decision Making In a Polarized Nation” and “K-12 STEM Education and the Future of the STEM Workforce.”
Among the presenters is Frances Colón, the senior director for international climate policy at the Center for American Progress. Colón will deliver an address titled “The Need for Civic Science in Peace and Crisis” as part of the longstanding William D. Carey Award Lecture, which features speakers who exemplify the legacy of former AAAS Executive Officer William D. Carey in articulating public policy issues.
The Gilbert S. Omenn Grand Challenges Address will be delivered by Amber Straughn, astrophysicist and deputy project scientist for communications for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.
The agenda also includes a number of conversations with the experts and decision-makers on the key public policy issues affecting the science, engineering and academic communities, including trust in science; evidence-based, data-informed policy; K-12 STEM education policy and future workforce challenges; and the ethics and governance of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Another plenary will bring together leaders and alumni of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Forum will look to the past and the future as it celebrates its 50th year of connecting scientists with policy.
A broad range of individuals are encouraged to attend the Policy Forum, including scientists, engineers, research administrators, industrial R&D managers, policymakers, association officials, federal grant recipients, students, science diplomats, government affairs specialists, public affairs officers, science writers and others with an interest in the intersection of policy with science and technology.
Sign up to attend the Policy Forum at https://www.aaasforumonsandtpolicy.com/. Registration closes Oct. 24.