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PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 13 February 2004

AAAS announces The Science Channel as official media partner for ''Oceans for Everyone'' town hall meeting

Seattle, Wash. -- The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general science society, and the premier television source for science programming, The Science Channel, announce today that The Science Channel will serve as the official media partner for the "Oceans for Everyone" town hall meeting, taking place February 15 during the AAAS 2004 annual meeting in Seattle, Wash.

As media partner, on February 13 at 8 PM (ET/PT), The Science Channel's weekly science magazine series, DISCOVERIES THIS WEEK, will air a new theory on how to protect endangered migratory ocean species, timed to coincide with the AAAS meeting. Additionally, online real-time coverage of the February 15 "Oceans for Everyone" press conference will be available at; for those who miss the press conference, it will be archived on the site the following week. Highlights of the actual town hall meeting discussions will be available online at during the week of February 16. Interviews with key scientists and wrap up coverage of the town hall meeting can also be heard in late February on Discovery Channel Radio, available on XM and SIRIUS satellite radio.

The "Oceans for Everyone" partnership is the first collaboration between AAAS and The Science Channel, which have just signed an agreement to increase the volume and quality of peer-reviewed scientific information delivered to the public, via The Science Channel's weekly magazine-style series, DISCOVERIES THIS WEEK, which airs Fridays from 8 PM to 9 PM (ET/PT). "We are thrilled to work with AAAS, one of the preeminent scientific organizations in the world," said Steve Burns, senior vice president and general manager of The Science Channel. "This exciting relationship will

offer our viewers timely insight into some of the science world's most intriguing new discoveries." "AAAS is delighted to collaborate with The Science Channel, which brings exceptional coverage of science and technology to a diverse, national audience daily," said AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, executive publisher of Science Magazine.

The "Oceans for Everyone" town hall meeting is the debut initiative of the new AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology. It is expected to draw some 300 scientists, policymakers, fishing industry professionals, and members of the general public to engage in non-partisan, constructive dialogue on issues ranging from seafood safety to ecosystem management and fishing regulations. According to Alan I. Leshner, through the town hall meeting, "AAAS will strive to help give the public a voice in setting the national research agenda on the science that affects our oceans and our lives."

The Science Channel is part of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., which also operates and manages the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater™, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery en Español and FitTV. The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and serves some 265 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.


For AAAS: Ginger Pinholster, (202) 326-6421,
For The Science Channel: Beth Foster, (301) 807-3624,