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, Interim Director, Public Affairs, American Physical Society

William Smith, Vice President, Science Works
Are Democrats or Republicans Better for Science?

Ellen Williams, Past Director of the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy; Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland
Lessons from ARPA-E

William Hooke, Associate Executive Director and Senior Policy Fellow, American Meteorological Society
Being Active in Policy with a Politically Diverse Membership



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

Adam J. Fleisher, OSA Ambassador, Research Chemist, NIST
OSA Ambassador Program: Growing OSA’s mission through cultivating young professionals

Lily M. Wang, ASA, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
ASA’s Live Streaming Initiative and Early-Career Acousticians Retreat

Christopher J. Schultz, Chair, AMS Board for Early Career Professionals;NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Engagement of Early Career Members beyond the Annual Meeting


Discussion for Session II

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: Elizabeth Nolan, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Publishing Officer, The Optical Society

Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Physics
What IOP has Learned from its International Programmes

Amy Flatten, Director of International Affairs, American Physical Society
International Program Development:  The Impact of Partnerships



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

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

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