The AAAS Conference is in Boston this year and starts Wednesday, February 15th at the Hynes Convention Center. The theme is “serving society through science policy.” There are hundreds of sessions, from science presentations to career development workshops. You can find the full conference program here. Below are some details about events targeted for students and MIT SPI members. Registration is still open (with a discounted student rate).

  • Wednesday, February 15:

    • Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop (1-5pm)

      • This entry-level workshop is for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policymaking. The workshop will introduce the U.S. federal policymaking process and empower students with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. Pre-registration required.

    • Student Networking Reception (5-7pm)

      • Location: Fairfax A (Sheraton Boston Hotel)

      • All students are welcome to join! Food and drinks will be served.

  • Thursday, February 16:

    • Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Townhall (1-2pm)

      • Join other scientists, engineers, and students for a town hall-style meeting with the organizers of the 2017 Annual Meeting sessions related to policy and communication, to help connect the different sessions to one another. ESEP, an ad-hoc coalition of organizations, aims to empower scientists and engineers to effectively engage in the policymaking process at all levels of government.

      • Ballroom A (Hynes Convention Center)

  • Friday, February 17

  • Sunday, February 19

    • Opportunities in Science Policy: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (9-10am)

      • This workshop explores opportunities for scientists and engineers to apply their training to national and international initiatives, contribute to the policymaking process, and identify transferable skills for a successful career in science policy. Attendees will delve into opportunities to contribute scientific and technological innovation and leadership and help design and execute solutions to address societal challenges, and discuss the rewards of broad science engagement. The workshop underscores the influence of science and innovation on the policymaking process and the impacts of policymaking on the scientific enterprise, while providing strategies and resources to learn and engage in policy across career stages.

      • Room 207 (Hynes Convention Center)