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JRC talks science, technology and policymaking at the AAAS

AAAS attracts deep thinkers and curious individuals alike
Feb 15 2013

JRC participation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s largest and most prestigious general science gatherings, focuses on topics as diverse as scientific support to policymaking, security research, healthy living and actinides.

This year’s AAAS conference, titled “The Beauty and Benefits of Science”, brings together thousands of researchers, policymakers, science journalists and other curious individuals from 60 different countries. Hundreds of sessions, lectures, presentations and seminars will be held in the framework of the conference from 14 to 18 February 2013 in Boston, the USA.

The European Commission is involved in a number of symposia in conjunction with EU researchers, high level panel discussions on EU science policy, and career and networking activities. Researchers and students will be able to get more information on what the EU has to offer at the Commission stand in the exhibition hall.

JRC has organised four sessions within the EU Symposia series programme presented by the Commission. One of the JRC’s sessions, "Tales of the Unexpected: How Science Advisers Manage Uncertainty", relates to its fundamental role of providing scientific support to EU policy-making. The session involves the director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, John P. Holdren, the former Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Miles Parker, as well as Professor Anne Glover of the European Commission. The other three sessions will address achievements of security research (“The Invisible Beauty: How Security Research Helped in Real Life, but Nobody Noticed”), healthy living (“Why Is Living Healthily So Difficult?”) and news in the actinide research (“Surprises at the Frontier of the Periodic Table: Novel Paradigms in Actinide Science”).

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its annual meeting is widely known as the most important ‘science stakeholder’ gathering of the year.