The 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco will focus on "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being." John P. Holdren, AAAS president, will open the Meeting with a plenary lecture at 6:30 PM on Thursday, 15 February 2006.
Dr. Holdren is Director of the Woods Hole Research Center, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. His work has focused on causes and consequences of global environmental change, analysis of energy technologies and policies, ways to reduce the dangers from nuclear weapons and materials, and the interaction of content and process in science and technology policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The multidisciplinary AAAS Annual Meeting program will feature 175 symposia; plenary and topical lectures; a poster competition; career fair; career workshops; and an exhibit hall. Seminars will offer in-depth looks at global health, robotics and virtual worlds. Specific details about the scientific program and speakers will be available in October, 2006 at the Annual Meeting's main Web site.
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The focus of the meeting, "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being," represents a challenge not just for developing countries (where large proportions of the population still lack the most basic ingredients of material and social well- being) but also for the industrialized ones (where many of the practices that support the levels of material well-being already achieved are not sustainable in resource and environmental terms and where widening gaps between rich and poor within countries, and fraying social safety nets, threaten sociopolitical sustainability as well).
The meeting will deal with global issues such as climate change, health, energy, environment, development, and education as well as frontiers in fundamental and applied science.