Meetings organized by the Pacific Division of AAAS are diverse and wide ranging, encompassing many different issues and approaches to advancing science and the involvement in science.  Our meetings are open to everyone interested in science and its advancement, regardless of at what level, from anywhere in the world.   The meetings themselves consist of a range of presentation formats including:

  •     Contributed paper and poster sessions
  •     Hands-on workshops
  •     Town hall meetings
  •     Symposia
  •     Exhibits
  •     Field Trips

 

Sessions of each type are currently being organized for our June 2022 meeting around several specific themes including:

INTERDISICPLINARY SCIENCE                   

Our meetings are highly interdisciplinary in nature, explicitly crossing disciplinary boundaries in science, as well as between science, art, music, theatre, film, and other forms of human expression. Examples from the upcoming meeting include: 

  • Linking scientific disciplines with computational models 
  • Using philosophy and history to contextualize science and scientific practice
  • Artistically visualizing the consequences of global climate change. 
  • Using science effectively as the basis for successful entrepreneurship 

 

REGIONAL INTERESTS AND CHALLENGES

In addition to general scientific themes and subjects, Pacific Division meetings are organized around topics and issues of immediate relevance and concern to the communities and regions in which we meet.   Current topics particularly relevant to Southern Oregon, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest include:  

  • The Klamath River Restoration Project, its history, politics, and opportunities.
  • Observable consequences of a changing climate in Southern Oregon: Wineries as “canaries” for climate change.
  • Managing our forests in a changing climate: Wildfires!!
  • Bee Cities: Saving the pollinators. 
  • The effect of the microbiome on “terroir” in the production of agricultural products, including wine, hemp, and medicinal herbs.
  • Regional agricultural innovations for sustainability and regeneration.

 

SCIENCE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The Pacific Division has a long commitment to science education at all levels from K-12 to graduate school and beyond.  Currently proposed sessions include:

  • STEM learning through making
  • Space science in K-12
  • Game-based learning
  • Writing and science Learning

 

SCIENCE ADVOCACY AND IMPACT

AAAS Pacific Division meetings actively explore the broader relationships between science and society, including: 

  • What’s happening in the Oregon State Legislature with respect to action on climate change and what can we do about it?
  • Artists as archaeologists of wildfire
  • Impacts of the microbiome on human health.
  • Models and simulations as a mechanism to inform and motivate public policy.
  • Linking professional scientists and science to citizen scientists, policy makers and social activists. 
  • Diversifying engagement in science.

 

CLICK HERE to indicate an interest in participating in our meeting, or to be kept informed about the meeting as it continues to develop, including upcoming information on how to submit your own individual work in the form of an oral or poster presentation.

If you are yourself interested in proposing either a symposium, workshop, town hall meeting, or field trip, please send email to [email protected] to receive additional information.