The 2019 Assembly of Society Officers will take place on March 28, 2019 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.
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.
Session I: Evidence-Based Actions for Today to Diversify the Physical Sciences
Questions persist about how to make the study and practice of the physical sciences accessible to everyone. While our societies continue to study the issue and to strategize optimal approaches, there are certain programs that have shown not only promise, but actual progress in moving the needle. In this session, we will learn about the state of the field, interventions, and actions that we can collectively take today to be fully engaged partners in addressing this challenge.
Session II: Mid-day mash up
- Poster Session: Venture Partnership Program. Learn more about innovative Member Society projects that have received funding through AIP's Venture Partnership Fund (VPF). VPF collaborations are strategy driven, promote growth, address community challenges and broaden impacts; they are also quite distinct. Speak with various project leads and consider possibilities for your society's future proposals.
- A sneak-peak at a selection of AIP's new Wenner Collection. This fascinating collection includes nearly 4,000 rare books and publications that document the important discoveries in physics and physical sciences, stretching back 400 years, including works by Ptolemy, Galileo, Huygens, Halley, Newton, and Curie, among many others.
Session III: Cutting through the Noise: Mind, Bias, and Effective Communication
Every public education effort, awareness-raising campaign, and policy development initiative interplays with human perception and opinion. Understanding how the human brain is susceptible to psychological, social, and cultural influences that drive behavior can help us approach issues that we care about--and maybe even advance good science policy, fact-based decision making, and public regard for science. This session will examine lessons from behavioral economics, cognitive psychology and science communication, to fight bias and open minds.
4:30 - 6pm Closing Reception