The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is committed to providing inventors a platform that allows them to demonstrate their role as change agents in society and as problem solvers.  Invention Ambassadors are empowered to discuss the importance of invention in creating new products, building new businesses, creating a better quality of life, building economies and fostering innovation.  These messages can be found in the videos, articles and resources below.

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2016 AAAS Annual Meeting Public Science Day – Columbia Heights Education Campus – February 11, 2016
AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Event at Morgan State University – February 11, 2016
The Lemelson Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration - September 18, 2015

Invention Panel: Turning Ideas Into Impact

Inventor Spotlight: Jay Harmon, PAX Scientific

Inventor Spotlight: Rebecca Richard Kortum and Maria Oden, Rice University

2015-2015 Invention Ambassador Talks - "Celebrate Invention" - July 14, 2015

Lisa DeLuca - 400

Juan Gilbert - It Can't Be Done: Prime III

Jay Harman - The Universal Vortex

AndrewHessel - Reinventing Pharma

Suzie Pun - Polystat: A Good Problem Meets A Good Solution

Rebecca Richards-Kortum - CPAP: The Breath of Life

Michael Smith - Overcoming Expectations: Innovation in the Face of Institutional Norms

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Transitioning Event - Thomas Edison National Historical Park - June 15, 2015

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Transitioning Event

Invention Ambassador Rory Cooper: Impel - Unboxed Presented by Leadership Pittsburgh

Rory Cooper: Impel | Unboxed Presented by Leadership Pittsburgh

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Inaugural Class - "Celebrate Invention" - July 1, 2014

Vinod Veedu presents at the AAAS-Lemelson "Celebrate Invention" Event

Karen Burg presents at the AAAS-Lemelson "Celebrate Invention" Event

Paul Sanberg presents at the AAAS-Lemelson "Celebrate Invention" Event

Paul Stamets presents at the AAAS-Lemelson "Celebrate Invention" Event

Sorin Grama presents at the AAAS-Lemelson "Celebrate Invention" Event

Photo Gallery

Ambassadors in Action

Invention Ambassador Paul Stamets at the 2014 Google SciFoo Convention


Ivention Ambassador Steve Sasson was the featured subject of a project by a graduate student of Invention Ambassador Karen Burg who was completing her MBA Entrepreneuership Certificate.  Powerpoint to that presentation found here:


AAAS Ambassadors and AAAS staff gathered at the home of Invention Ambassador Paul Stamets for a celebration of the program


Ambassador panels at "Creating a Strong Invention Ecosystem to Solve Critical 21st Century Problems" at the AAAS Annual Meeting, IBM Research Center-Almaden

Ambassador Rory Cooper and wife, Rosi at the White House, April 14, 2016


In the Media


Honors and Achievements

July 26, 2015 - AAAS-Lemelson Invention Abmassador Paul Stamets honored with the Gordon and Tina Wasson Award - "The purpose of the Wasson Award is to recognize people with non-traditional academic backgrounds who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mycology, or who have widely transmitted significant scientific or aesthetic knowledge about fungi to the general public.  Nominees for the award will be judged on the basis of the impact and quality of their contributions and on their sustained commitment to the field of mycology.  At most a single award is given each year."  Congratulations, Paul! 


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