Assembly of Society Officers

AIP Member and Affiliated Societies convene to discuss areas of mutual concern at the annual Assembly of Society Officers. Session topics range from challenges/innovations in scientific publishing to public policy issues, from supporting/growing the membership base to trends in philanthropic giving, from supporting science education to promoting science as a viable career choice to a diverse population. The Assembly is also a forum where Member and Affiliated Society representatives can become better acquainted and share ideas.

The 2017 AIP Assembly of Society Officers will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017

RSVP by March 17 (RSVP for lodging by March 3).


2017 Program

8:30am - Breakfast

9:00am - Welcome 

9:10 - Session I:  Remaining Relevant in a Time of Uncertainty
A look at the political climate in the United States and how scientific societies can best support their missions and membership.

Chair: Francis Slakey, Associate Director, Public Affairs, APS

William Smith, Vice President, Science Works

Ellen Williams, Past Director of the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy; Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland

Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes


11:20 - Session II: Engaging Early Career Members
Novel approaches to reaching out to early-career professionals to encourage activity in professional societies; building affinity for career-long engagement; supporting the bridge from students to seasoned scientists.

Chair: Amy Sarjeant, ACA President, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

Lily Wang, Lily M. Wang, ASA, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Christopher J. Schultz, Chair, AMS Board for Early Career Professionals;NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Adam J. Fleisher, OSA Ambassador, Research Chemist, NIST


2:00 - Session III: Building Partnerships to Extend Reach / International Collaborations
As geographic lines become blurred, opportunity abounds to grow mission and activities. Limited resources and limited international "local" knowledge make international partnerships an attractive approach. This session will look at certain societies' approaches and successes.

Chair: TBD

Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Physics

Amy Flatten, Director of International Affairs, American Physical Society


4:15pm - Adjourn ro reception (ends at ~5:30)

Check back here for more detail as the speakers are finalized.

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