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2021 Annual Meeting Theme



We are embedded in a variety of ecosystems, including the environments that we inhabit and the many social systems in which we live and work. Finding ways of maintaining the stable balance of these ecosystems in the face of rapidly changing circumstances is critical for our advancement. Drawing on a multitude of scientific perspectives, this Annual Meeting seeks to feature diverse ways of understanding the complexities and dynamics of biological, physical, social, and economic systems across scales, as well as strengthening and activating new connections to address underlying problems in various spheres. These challenges facing contemporary society will provide the opportunity to creatively harness science, engineering, technology, and policy to promote sustainable change.

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The AAAS Scientific Program Committee is charged with establishing the meeting theme and program tracks, reviewing proposals and selecting scientific sessions, topical lectures, and special sessions, as well as performing other functions deemed necessary to develop a scientific program for the AAAS Annual Meeting. The Association’s President and President-Elect are the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Committee, which is composed of 13 appointed members, reflecting the range of scientific disciplines of the AAAS membership.

Claire M. Fraser

AAAS President, February 2020-2021
Dean’s Endowed Professor, Director, Institute for Genome Sciences
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Lisa Chong

Editor, Insights
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Karen Emmorey

Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Director, Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience
San Diego State University

Joseph Francisco

President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Frazier

Project Director

Agustin Fuentes

Professor, Department of Anthropology
Princeton University

James Kurose

Distinguished Professor, College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cindy Lee

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Stony Brook University

Edward Maibach

University Professor of Communication
Director, Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

Professor and Chair, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Denis-Didier Rousseau

Senior Research Scientist
Ecole Normale Supérieure CERES-ERTI & Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique

Yang Shao-Horn

W.M. Keck Professor of Energy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Joyce Wong

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and an Inaugural Term Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University