AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy Convenes May 2-3

Control of the Internet, the role of private philanthropy in U.S. research and innovation, the changing patent landscape, and whether environmental regulations hurt the economy are among the topics to be discussed at the 38th annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy.

The Forum, the premier gathering for those interested in the intersection of policy with science and technology, will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

White House science adviser John P. Holdren will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary session on Thursday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. The session, on the budgetary and policy context for research and development spending in the 2014 fiscal year, will include a conversation between Holdren and AAAS President Phillip A. Sharp, a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist and molecular biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matthew Hourihan, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, also will speak at the opening session. Jeannette Wing, head of Microsoft Research International, and Jong-Guk Song, president of the Science and Technology Policy Institute of South Korea, will offer Asian perspectives on science and technology policy.

Among the other featured speakers:

Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, who will deliver a luncheon address on Thursday, May 2, at 12:15 p.m.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who will deliver the William D. Carey Lecture at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. (Unlike the other sessions, the Carey lecture is open to the public and does not require Forum registration.)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, who will be the breakfast speaker at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, May 3.

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who will be the luncheon speaker at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

The sessions on Thursday, May 2, include:

Who Wants to Control the Internet, and How? 2:00 p.m. The speakers are Leslie Harris, president of the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology; Stewart Abercrombie Baker, visiting fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former general counsel, National Security Agency; and Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit advocacy group involved with intellectual property law and policy. Michael R. Nelson, a technology policy analyst with Bloomberg Government, will be the moderator. The session will deal with some of the arguments for greater control over the Internet, including improving cybersecurity (the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act recently passed the House) and preventing terrorism. It also will look at possible mechanisms for control such as prohibitive access fees, censorship and filtering, and warrantless wiretapping.

The Changing Patent Landscape: Cases For and Against Patents in Different Sectors. 4:00 p.m. The speakers are Michele Boldrin, professor of economics, Washington University, St. Louis; Robert Armitage, registered patent attorney and former general counsel, Eli Lilly and Company; and Stuart J.H. Graham, former chief economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and now an assistant professor of strategic management at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Robert Cook-Deegan of Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, will serve as moderator. Cook-Deegan has written extensively about gene patents.

Roles of Private Philanthropy in U.S. Research and Innovation. A two-part discussion at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Speakers include Robert W. Conn, president of The Kavli Foundation; Chris Metzel, program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Susan Raymond, executive vice president of Changing Our World, an international consulting firm dealing with fundraising and philanthropy; Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director for discovery strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Jane Wales, president and chief executive officer of the World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum.

The sessions on Friday, May 3, include:

Scientific Insights for Better Government. This morning plenary session, at 9:30 a.m., will feature Cass R. Sunstein, professor of law at Harvard University and former head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; and Arthur Lupia, research professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

How Much Do Environmental Regulations Hurt the Economy? The afternoon plenary session at 2:00 p.m. will feature Cary Coglianese, director of the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania; Richard Morgenstern, senior fellow at Resources for the Future; and William A. Pizer, associate professor of public policy, economics and environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The moderator will be David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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