UCS at AAAS 2020

UCS Events at the AAAS Annual Meeting

The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists cordially invites you to the following presentations and discussions by UCS experts at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2020 Annual Meeting.

Citizens, Scientists, and Elections: How Scientists are Engaging in 2020

Melissa Varga
Science Network Community Manager & Partnerships Coordinator, UCS
Friday, February 14
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Room 4C-4

There are many non-partisan ways scientists can engage in elections to shape the public dialogue, including writing op-eds, organizing candidate forums, and engaging directly with candidates. Speakers will offer guidance on effective ways to ensure that science is a top issue for candidates and the voting public. Panelists will discuss how the translational skills of communication, networking, and organizing are essential components for a rich career in intersectional science, and can be developed through election engagement.

Join Us for a Valentine’s Day Happy Hour

Friday, February 14
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Alibi Room
85 Pike ST #410 (IN POST ALLEY)

The Science Network at the Union of Concerned Scientists invites you out for drinks and refreshments in Seattle. Join us to learn about the state of science advocacy today and how you can take action in your community. RSVP and come celebrate how much you ❤ science!

100 Years of the 19th Amendment: A Discussion on Progress and Challenges

Gretchen Goldman
Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS
Saturday, February 15
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Room 6E

With the ratification of the 19th amendment legalizing women’s suffrage in 1920, it may have seemed as though the suffragettes had won. In the century that has followed, women and other underrepresented groups have made great strides, and pioneering leaders have distinguished themselves across the public and private sector. However, it is necessary to take stock of the original aims of women’s rights advocates, acknowledging where they have succeeded, and what remains to be done in the critical work of creating diverse and inclusive spaces in all disciplines and industries. In this discussion hosted by 500 Women Scientists, panelists will offer a context for the historical and societal evolution that the 19th Amendment has enabled, and invite attendees to consider actions they can take to further the mission.

Evolving Concepts of Scientific Integrity and Practice

Jacob Carter
Scientist, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS
Saturday, February 15
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Room 6A

Like the planet, the production of scientific knowledge and its use in policy-making continually evolve. In recent decades, major changes have occurred in the use of data, the organization of scientific endeavors and policymaking, and concepts of scientific integrity. These changes have reshaped science. This session illustrates how the actual practice of science and scientific integrity within institutions and governments may differ significantly from what is taught in academic settings. Such discrepancies have implications for contemporary understanding and application of science in decision-making. Speakers will explore current scientific integrity challenges and practices across institutions, offering recommendations to better align the understanding of actual practices with policy.

Annual Science Policy Shindig

Saturday, February 15
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Microbrewery Museum
1415 First Ave

The Shindig is a happy hour for professionals, fellows, students and other individuals who share an interest in science policy. Come and spend some time with science policy friends old and new! This social event is sponsored by the National Science Policy Network and the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy Coalition.

Fossil Fuel Production and Climate Change: Aligning Goals and Policies

Gretchen Goldman
Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS
Sunday, February 16
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Room 6A

Scientists have acknowledged that limiting global warming to 1.5-2⁰C will require leaving a significant portion of fossil fuel reserves underground. Until recently, there has been limited discussion in the scientific community on how this might be achieved, beyond simply reducing fuel consumption. This session will help the audience understand why, from a scientific perspective, policies that target fossil fuel supply, rather than demand, might be needed to tackle climate change. With the unveiling of new research, speakers will explore the rationale for addressing fossil fuel production in climate policy, and bridge the many disparate conversations happening in different scientific disciplines on the emissions implications, justice dimensions, and political feasibility of constraining fossil fuels in order to meet climate goals.

Visit the UCS Booth

Stop by booth 405 to talk with UCS staff and scientists, pick up copies of our latest reports, and find out how you can join our efforts to put rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems.

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