AAAS 2013: Day 1

This year's AAAS meeting is taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Photo by mollystevens via Flickr.

This year’s AAAS meeting is taking place at the Hynes Con­ven­tion Center in Boston. Photo by mollystevens via Flickr.

Today kicked off my the annual meeting of the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence. Today’s agenda included sev­eral ses­sions on com­mu­ni­cating sci­ence to the public.

The first addressed the growing con­cern that sci­ence jour­nalism is going down the tubes in the age of the internet, but I think we all walked away believing the field is still quite alive and kicking strong as it swims upstream in these new waters. The next ses­sion aimed to edu­cate sci­en­tists on ways to com­mu­ni­cate to policy makers in par­tic­ular. I missed the visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion ses­sion because I had to go back to the office and actu­ally do some writing, but the final ses­sion on social media engage­ment was a deli­cious cherry on top of a good day.

In the next couple of days I will attend a few more of the communications-​​focused ses­sions as well as sev­eral research pre­sen­ta­tions from North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers. If you happen to be attending the meeting, check out “The Sci­ence of Pol­i­tics,” “Pre­dictability: From Phys­ical to Data Sci­ences,” “Envi­ron­mental Chal­lenges and Adap­ta­tion in Cities” and “Con­trol Engi­neering of Brain in Health and Dis­ease.

Of course, if you miss these ses­sions, never fear: I’ll tell you about them here and on the News@Northeastern.