2013 AAAS Annual Meeting: The Beauty and Benefits of Science

Thursday, February 14 – Monday, February 18 2013

Event Inquiries

meetings@aaas.org or 202-326-6450

Location: Boston, MA

The Annual Meeting is one of the most widely recognized pan-science events, with networking opportunities and broad global media coverage. An exceptional array of speakers will gather at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting from 14-18 February in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Beauty and Benefits of Science meeting theme highlights the “unreasonable effectiveness” of the scientific enterprise in creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will welcome thousands from the scientific community and hundreds of members of national and international media to participate in seminars, plenary and topical lectures, and over 150 symposia. For complete program details and registration, visit www.aaas.org/meetings.

Opening remarks will be given by AAAS President and Program Chair, William H. Press, Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Science and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin. Also speaking will be Local Co-chairs Drew Faust, President, Harvard University and Henri Termeer, Retired Chairman, President, and CEO, Genzyme Corporation.

This year’s plenary speakers will present research on diverse topics in science and engineering. Sherry Turkle (MIT) will examine the influence technology has on human relationships and whether we’re connecting with each other or just to our technology. Nathan Myhrvold (Intellectual Ventures) will show how science-inspired cooking brought food into a new era. Robert Kirshner (Harvard University) will speak as a member of the Supernova Search Team that discovered the existence of dark matter. Cynthia Kenyon (University of California, San Francisco) will discuss what she and her colleagues learned about the biology of aging by studying the worm C. elegans.

Topical Lectures will cover a broad range of current developments. From education technology and improving scientific understanding to climate change, nanotechnology, and the Mars Curiosity rover, these are the issues that will shape our future.

In addition to this robust program, the meeting offers 20 career development workshops for attendees at all career stages and degree levels. On Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 February, the public is invited to attend the popular Family Science Days and Meet the Scientists series, organized by AAAS in partnership with area laboratories, universities, and museums.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. Learn more at www.aaas.org.


If you have any questions, please contact AAAS Meetings at meetings@aaas.org or 202-326-6450.


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