Science Without Borders: A Whirlwind Weekend at the 2011 AAAS Meeting

Tomorrow marks the first full day of sessions for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS (“triple A S”) is one of the world’s most influential science organizations, and publisher of the most widel- read research journal, Science. This year, the big AAAS shindig is in downtown Washington, DC, which means that yours truly will be there, covering as much of it as I can, on Facebook, Twitter and right here. The talks go from 8:00 to 6:00pm Friday to Monday, but might not make it through all of them: this is my first attempt at live tweeting/blogging a conference. Wish me luck – and fully-charged laptop batteries.

There are a ridiculous number of sessions to choose from covering everything from cutting-edge physics to brain science, climate change to communication. Since it is impossible to be in more than one place at a time (damn!), the only way to survive a conference like this is to prioritize. If you’ve been following this blog or @Danielle_Meitiv on Twitter, you won’t be surprised to hear that my top two priorities will be climate change and ocean issues (followed by science communication).

The AAAS meeting site has a scheduler where you can highlight the sessions I plan to attend, saving me from having to mark up and flip through the program book they give out at registration. (I’ll probably do that anyway, but it’s a start). Here are some of the sessions I’m looking forward to:

  • Climate Change: Altering the Physics, Ecology, and Socioeconomics of Fisheries
  • Science Without Borders and Media Unbounded: What Comes Next?
  • The Science of Comedy: Communicating with Humor
  • Cross-Border Responses to Global Challenges: Can Everybody Win?
  • Science and Policy for Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Comparing National Responses to Climate Change: Networks of Debate and Contention
  • Communicating Diversity in Science: Implications for Climate Change Denial
  • Adapting to a Clear and Present Danger: Climate Change and Ocean Ecosystems
  • In Hot Water: Rising Public Health Concerns from Changing Ocean Conditions
  • If a Culture of Growth Is Unsustainable, What Should Change?
  • Where Ocean Meets Land: Dynamic Shorelines in a Warming World

And those are just from the first two days…

Many of these sessions will overlap, so while I will no doubt be running from one end of the DC Convention Center to the other regularly, I won’t be able to get to all of them 😦 I’ll send regular updates to Facebook and Twitter, so if you’re not already following me in those two venues, get to it! Facebook: Danielle Meitiv, and Author Danielle Meitiv, @Danielle_Meitiv on Twitter.

If you’re attending AAAS, send me a tweet, or a note via Facebook, so we can meet!

Next week I’ll weigh in with a blog post with highlights from the conference. Stay tuned!

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