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Forum on Science & Technology Policy

The 45th Annual Forum on Science & Technology Policy has been POSTPONED.

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum scheduled for May 7 – 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, has been postponed due to the health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

It is with regret that we share this postponement information with you. However, AAAS’ decision to postpone was based on our responsibility to adhere to the most sound policies from scientific and public health experts, and to ensure the health and safety of AAAS staff, speakers, and participants.

We will postpone the Forum until Fall 2020 (likely October 13-14), and we sincerely hope that you will be available to participate in the Fall event.

Please check back often for updates.

Registration Cancellation Policy Due to Coronavirus 

Should AAAS postpone an event, registrants may cancel their registration, and any registration fees paid will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be received in writing to Nicolle Rutledge at Otherwise, your registration will be transferred to the Fall Forum.


2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark science policy report “Science: The Endless Frontier”, by Vannevar Bush, which informed so much of the science system that we know of today. Come join us, take part in discussions and hear from experts about how we should build on this framework for the future.

The AAAS Forum on S&T Policy gives you exclusive access to participate in discussions with the nation’s top experts and decision-makers on the most important public policy issues facing the science, engineering and academic communities.

Who Should Attend?

Scientists and 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.

Registration Fees

Registrant Category 

(by Mar 8)
(by Apr 26)
(after Apr 26)
Professional - Member $530 $580 $600
Professional - Become a Member $650  $680  $700
Professional - Non-Member  $680  $680  $700
Student / Postdoc - Member  $255  $285  $305
Student / Postdoc - Become a Member  $305  $335  $355
Student / Postdoc - Non-Member  $335  $335  $355
Current AAAS S&T Policy Fellow  $360  $400  $420
One Day - Member  $350  $350  $370
One Day - Non-Member  $400  $400  $420

Included With Registration

  • Full admission to every workshop, session and lecture - plus all meals and entry into the William D. Carey Lecture and Reception & Networking Event
  • Valuable policy and budget information you can't find anywhere else
  • Opportunities to meet and hear from key decision makers on science and technology policy
  • Participate in peer-to-peer solution sharing on issues driving S&T policy
  • Access to information about policies that are likely to influence your work, researchers, and institutions
  • Connect with a network of leaders and influencers in science, engineering and policy

2019 Program Highlights

For Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring opportunities at the Forum, please contact the OSPSP by email at

For Press

For Press registration, please contact Media by email at