Thinking Globally, Organizing Regionally, and Acting Locally

Each year for more than 100 years,  the Pacific Division of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has organized an annual meeting in a wide range of locations throughout the Western United States and Hawaii, covering a wide range of meeting topics.

The program for our next annual meeting, in 2020 is still under development, but as is always the case, the program already reflects the wide diversity of interest of the Division.

The Pacific Division is currently actively soliciting proposals for symposia, hands-on workshops, town hall meetings, exhibits and field trips.  On February 1st, submissions will be open for individual contributions.

If you are interested in submitting a meeting event, please contact:  [email protected]

As the program develops it will be posted here, eventually including the days and times for specific events.

Listed below is the content currently under development:


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 
  • New methods and trends in vaccine and drug development


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.


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


 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.