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3rd Meeting
September 18-19, 2014
Washington, DC

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October 9-10, 2014
San Francisco, CA

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28th Meeting
October 14-15, 2014
Washington, DC

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COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND LAW (CSTL)

The National Academies in 1998 established the Science, Technology, and Law Program, (now called the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law) to bring together the science and engineering community and the legal community to explore pressing issues, improve communication and help resolve issues between the two communities. CSTL is a unit of the National Academies' Policy and Global Affairs Division.  A major activity for the program has been the convening of a distinguished committee chosen for their knowledge and expertise and who represent a wide range of organizations including federal courts, the legal community, industry, academia, and government. Under the leadership of the committee co-chairs, the committee meets twice a year in a neutral and non-adversarial setting to discuss critical issues at the interface of science, technology, and the law; to promote understanding; and to develop imaginative approaches to solving problems of mutual concern.

The next meeting of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law will be held on October 14-15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

PAST MEETINGS / PAST ACTIVITIES / PROJECTS TIMELINE

June 16-17, 2014
27th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

November 18-19, 2013
26th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

May 13-14, 2013
25th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

October 22-23, 2012
24th Meeting
Woods Hole, MA
Agenda

March 26-27, 2012
23rd Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

October 24-25, 2011
22nd Meeting
Washington, DC

Agenda

April 11-12, 2011
21st Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

October 24-26, 2010
20th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

May 17-18, 2010
19th Meeting
Washington, DC
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October 19-20, 2009
18th Meeting
Washington, DC
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March 16-17, 2009
17th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

October 20-21, 2008
16th Meeting
Woods Hole, MA
Agenda

March 3-4, 2008
15th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

November 19-20, 2007
14th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda 

March 22-23, 2007
13th Meeting
Washington, DC
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April 6-7, 2006
12th Meeting
Washington, DC
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September 22-23, 2005
11th Meeting
Woods Hole, MA
Agenda

March 17-18, 2005
10th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

September 13-14, 2004
9th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

March 19-20, 2004
8th Meeting
Irvine, CA
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September 4-5, 2003
7th Meeting
Washington, DC
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December 9-10, 2002
6th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

February 21-22, 2002
5th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

November 5-6, 2001
4th Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

March 13-14, 2001
3rd Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

September 8, 2000
2nd Meeting
Washington, DC
Agenda

March 15-17, 2000
1st Meeting
Irvine, CA
Agenda

PAST ACTIVITIES

SCIENCE IN LITIGATION: POST DAUBERT
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
FEDERAL INFORMATION POLICY/ACCESS TO DATA
SCIENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
HUMAN RESEARCH SUBJECTS
ANIMAL LAW

sCIENCE IN LITIGATION: POST DAUBERT

What is Daubert?

In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., laid out a new test for federal trial judges to use when determining the admissibility of expert testimony. In the Daubert case, the Court recognized that issues requiring expert testimony are, by definition, outside the realm of an ordinary juror’s scope of knowledge. The Court ruled that judges should act as gatekeepers in the courtroom, assessing the reliability of the scientific methodology and reasoning that supports expert testimony as a condition of allowing such testimony to be presented to the jury.

 Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition (2011)

Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009)

Committee on the Evaluation of the First and Second Editions of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence

Evaluation of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (2009)

Annual National Conference on Science and Law (2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999)

A collaboration with National Institute of Justice with support provided by the STL Program.

Brooklyn Law School, Science for Judges Program (2005, 2004, 2003)

Staff support provided by the STL Program

Joint STL/American Law Institute Seminar on Causation in Tort Litigation (January 2003)

Transcript

Sponsors: American Law Institute and STL Program

Scientific Evidence Workshop (September 2000)

Workshop Report: The Age of Expert Testimony: Science in the Courtroom (2002)

Sponsors: Warren and Eloise Batts Fund, Federal Judicial Center, Procter & Gamble, National Academies Endowment Fund

Issues in Science and Technology

This project focused on the implications of Daubert for civil litigation (Science and Law, Summer 2000) and criminal litigation (Flaws in Forensic Science, Fall 2003)

Sponsor: STL Program

Committee on Daubert Standards

Discussions of the Committee on Daubert Standards: Summary of Meetings (2006) 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Committee on Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible

Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security (2014)

Planning Committee on Six Party Symposia on Synthetic Biology

Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century: Summary Report of a Six Academies Symposium Series (2013)

Opportunities and Challenges in the Emerging Field of Synthetic Biology: A Symposium (July 2009)

OECD / Royal Society Report on Symposium

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: A Cross-Academies Workshop (August-September 2009)

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Summary of a Workshop (2010)

FEDERAL INFORMATION POLICY/ACCESS TO RESEARCH DATA

The Tension Between Academic Freedom and State Open Records Laws: Is There a Need for Re-Examination?

Agenda

Sponsor: George Washington University Law School

Workshop on Principles and Best Practices for Sharing Data on Environmental Health Research (March 2014)

Agenda

Sponsors: CSTL and the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine

Improving the Use of Science in the Administrative Process: A Workshop (September 2012)

Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation

Transcript
Project Information

Follow-up meeting with representatives of the academic, business, and public interest communities to discuss revisions to the proposed OMB Peer Review Standards (May 2004)

Sponsor: National Academies

Workshop on OMB Proposed Standards for Peer Review of Regulatory Science and Technical Information Disseminated by the Federal Government (November 2003)

Sponsors: Environmental Protection Agency and STL Program

Ensuring the Quality of Data Disseminated by the Federal Government: (Three workshops, March and May 2002)

Workshop Report: Ensuring the Quality of Data Disseminated by the Federal Government (2003)

Sponsors: Environment Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, and Department of Labor

Workshop on Seeking Access to Research Data in the 21st Century: An Ongoing Dialogue Among Interested Parties (2001)

Summary report: Access to Research Data in the 21st Century (2002)

Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and STL Program

sCIENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Committee on the H5N1 Avian Flu Virus: Has the Paradigm Changed? 

Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza: Scientific Inquiry, Communication, Controversy; Summary of a Workshop (2013)

Committee on the Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the 2001 Bacillus anthracis Mailings

Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Mailings (2011)

Microbial Forensics: Nexus between Science, Public Health and Law Enforcement (January 2008)

Agenda

Sponsor: CSTL and The American Association for the Advancement of Science

Committee on a New Government-University Partnership for Science and Security

Science and Security in a Post 9/11 World: A Report Based on Regional Discussions Between the Science and Security Communities (2007)

Sensitive But Unclassified Information at Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence - Roundtable Discussions (March 2006)

Agenda
Transcript

Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security

Deemed Export Policy: A Workshop on the Inspector General’s Report to the Department of Commerce (May 2005)

Agenda
Transcript
Letter from the Presidents of the National Academies

Sponsors: STL Program; the Roundtable on Scientific Communication and National Security; and the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable

Workshop on Balancing National Security and Open Scientific Communication: Implications of September 11th for the Research University (December 2001)

Letter Report (2002)
Agenda
Roster of Planning Committee Members
List of Registrants
Transcript of Keynote Address

Sponsor: National Academies Endowment Fund

Foreign Students’ Participation at U.S. Universities
Convened a working group consisting of lawyers, scientists, university presidents, and ambassadors, to discuss U.S. policies governing foreign students’ participation at U.S. universities (November 2001)

Sponsor: STL Program

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Committee on the Management of University Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue

Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (2010)

Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein-Related Innovations

Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health (2006)

Madey v. Duke
Convened a meeting with university community and legal community regarding the implications of the Federal Circuit decision in Madey v Duke, which dramatically narrows public and private research institutions ability to claim a “research defense” against patent infringement allegations (October 2002)

Sponsor: STL Program

human research subjects

Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues (2004)
A study requested by the Environmental Protection Agency, which considered the question of when, if ever, the agency should accept and rely on intentional human dosing studies conducted to gather data relating to the risks to humans of exposure to chemicals.

Summary Report: Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues

Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency 

 

animal law

International Animal Research Regulations: Impact on Neuroscience Research: Workshop Summary (2012)

Project Information

Animal Law and the Biomedical Research Enterprise – Roundtable Discussion (November 2009)
Sponsors: 
CSTL and the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy’s Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders Forum