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The STPF@AAAS 2024 Preview

Banner of AAAS 2024 Annual Meeting on February 15-17.
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Every year, AAAS – the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals – hosts its Annual Meeting to bring together communities to discuss the latest developments in science, technology, and policy. STPF fellows are deep in the programming – leading, sharing, or forging new paths forward in both science and policy. This year, the three-day meeting is taking place in Denver, CO from February 15-17 and the agenda boasts an array of scientific sessions, workshops, lightning talks, poster sessions, an expo hall and more.  

Several current fellows and alumni of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) are organizing, hosting, or participating as panelists in scientific sessions discussing science policy, local engagement, science innovation and more. On Friday, alum Christie Canaria is co-organizing the session, “Overcoming Boundaries to Accelerate Innovation: CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.” The following day, alumni Kate Stoll, Amanda Shores, and Melanie Roberts are teaming up for the session, “Engaging Policymakers Across Political Difference.” On Sunday, you can wrap up your meeting with “International Scientific Cooperation: Perspectives From Embassy Science Fellows,” organized by alum Adam Shapiro and featuring panelist Allyson Kennedy. These are but a few – view the full STPF Guide to the AAAS 2024 Annual Meeting for even more sessions involving fellows and alumni.

 STPF has also planned several activities focusing on or around science policy: 

  • February 15-17: STPF Recruitment Booth. Find us in the exhibit hall booth #410 and learn more about becoming a fellow! 
  • February 16-17: STPF Alumni Lounge. In addition to alumni showcases, this alumni-exclusive space will be a place to rest, recharge, and reconnect with other STPF alumni.  
  • February 15: AI and Science Policy Advice. Hear from STPF’s very first Rapid Response AI Cohort about the impact AI has on the flow of information, enabling faster policy briefs, future AI tools, and more. 
  • February 15: STPF Speed Networking. In this networking session just for STPF fellows and alumni, meet who will also be at the Annual Meeting. Start day one with familiar faces! 
  • February 16: SciPol Networking Mixer. Join us for a fun evening with food and refreshments. Network with and learn from current and alumni S&T Policy Fellows, as well as others engaged at the intersection of science and policy. RSVP today (Attendees do not need to be registered for the annual meeting.) 
  • February 17: Workshop - Taking the Next Step: How to Get Your Foot in the Door for Federal Policymaking. Organized by STPF Recruitment Director Mehrab Sarwar, explore skills, experiences, and resources beneficial for those interested in a career in science policy. The workshop will be followed by a Q&A session. 

First-time attendees and longstanding AAAS members alike will appreciate the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Town Hall on February 15. It provides an overview of numerous science policy sessions happening during the meeting and is a great resource when mapping out your meeting schedule. The Mini-CASE Workshop, offered later that day by the AAAS Office of Government Relations, will provide a “science policy 101” for undergraduates and grad students. 

On Day 2 of the meeting, attendees will have difficult choices to make, given the multitude of sessions relevant to policy, communication, and diplomacy. Bookmark the full STPF Guide to the AAAS 2024 Annual Meeting as a resource. Meeting guests will also have numerous networking opportunities during Expo coffee breaks and Happy Hour, followed by the Science Policy Networking Mixer later in the evening. 

Saturday may be the final day of the meeting, but it will be another full day. Following scientific sessions, join for the closing reception and panel moderated by Science Editor-in-Chief Holden Thorp. The meeting will wrap up with a laugh during The Improbable Research Show, celebrating this year’s Ig Noble Prize winners. 

In a time when scientific endeavors are confronted by challenges from all angles, the scientific community meets these challenges with breakthrough discoveries and transformative technologies. To move toward Science Without Walls, the theme of this year’s meeting, this powerful community will explore the broad range of challenges we face and proposals that encourage a rich blend of perspectives.


Katherine Yau

Interim Project Director, Communications

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