In June, the AAAS and Lemelson Foundation proudly announced the inaugural class of AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors, seven esteemed inventors who were chosen to increase global understanding of the role of invention in improving our quality of life, creating products and building businesses, and fostering innovation.
Between June 30 – July 2, the Ambassadors came together for the first time for a 3-day orientation at AAAS. Ambassadors received communications training from scientist-turned-filmmaker, Randy Olson, as well as panel discussions on “Communicating Science” with AAAS Mass Media Alumni, and a Policy discussion, led by AAAS Government Relations Director, Joanne Carney.
The orientation was highlighted by the July 1st public event and reception, “Celebrate Invention” that invited speakers from government and industry to discuss the importance of invention and its role in economic development. The event also featured talks from five of the Ambassadors, who shared “their story," a 12 minute presentation on their journey, specifically the “moment” when their normal ideas became invention.
Invention Ambassadors will serve for a term of one-year, with opportunities to speak at several, diverse engagements throughout the country. Class 2 applications and nominations will begin the in the Fall.