EU Science Hub

JRC at AAAS 2017

Feb 16 2017
Feb 20 2017

This year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) takes place in Boston from 16 - 20 February. This year's theme is "Serving society through science policy" and will bring together thousands of researchers, policymakers, science journalists and other curious individuals from all over the world.

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising three sessions during the event.

All times are local.

Nuclear Forensics to Combat Terrorism | Friday 17 February | 8:00 - 09:30
Room 203 (Hynes Convention Centre)

The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit emphasized the need for further progress to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radioactive materials. Political will must be translated into regulatory frameworks supported by scientific tools to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear security events. Given that nuclear terrorism is global and nuclear security events are often cross-border, international efforts are indispensable. Nuclear forensics plays a key role in this process by providing information on nuclear material, including type, origin, date of production, and intended use.

Organiser: Klaus Mayer, European Commission, JRC

Moderator: Michael Curry, U.S. Department of State


The Rise of the Rest? High-Impact Science in a Multipolar World | Friday 17 February | 15:00 - 16:30
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Centre)

Since World War II, the United States has been the leading producer of high-impact science. Over the past decade, however, the U.S. share in the global production of high-impact papers has declined compared to Europe and China. Some people welcome the increasing competition for scientific leadership and argue that the world stands to gain from it. Others insist that a cooperative model offers many benefits, especially for addressing global challenges.

Organiser: Koen Jonkers, European Commission, JRC

Moderator: Frederique Sachwald, France Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Discussant: Yuko Harayama, Japan Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation


Making Sense of an Abundance of Knowledge to Inform Policymaking | Saturday 18 February | 15:00 - 16:30
Room 202 (Hynes Convention Centre)

A particular challenge for policymakers today is the abundance, not the scarcity, of knowledge. In 1998, the socio-biologist E.O. Wilson saw the need for synthesizers of knowledge "to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” Using scientific evidence to effectively inform policy requires better coordination of both the supply and demand of policy-relevant knowledge.

Organiser: Milena Raykovska, European Commission, JRC

Moderator: Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Discussant: Paul Rübig, European Parliament