Nearly 1,000 scientific leaders will participate in the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting, focusing on "Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities." Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., AAAS president, will open the Meeting with a plenary lecture at 6:30 PM on Thursday, 16 February 2006.
Dr. Omenn is Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health at the University of Michigan. He served as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997-2002.
The multidisciplinary AAAS Annual Meeting program will feature more than 150 symposia, plenary and topical lectures; a poster competition; career fair; career workshops; and an exhibit hall. Seminars and tutorials will offer in-depth looks at genomics and nanotechnology, explore ways to deal with high-throughput data and delve into the issues of seamlessness in education from kindergarten through university studies.
Specific details about the scientific program and speakers will be available in late Fall 2005.
Embargo Notice -- Please note that specific content related to the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting will remain strictly embargoed until the time of the scientific session or lecture, or the related news briefing, whichever comes first.
In general, the 2006 Meeting will focus on the theme, "Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities." This theme will encompass, for example, efforts to better understand flooding, earthquakes and weather; studies of obesity, autism and aging; scientific advances for combating poverty; insights related to food and environmental safety; women in science and engineering; climate change and its impacts; animal conservation; new horizons for biotechnology; the teaching of evolution in America; and much more.