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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Roundtables and Forums of DBASSE

Roundtables and forums are types of convening activities of the National Academies that provide a means for representatives of government, industry, and academia to gather periodically for the identification and discussion of issues of mutual concern on a continuing basis.

Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence 
(joint activity with the Health and Medicine Division)
The forum provides a neutral venue for broad ranging discussions for coordination and integration of aging and disability stakeholders, particularly among public and private entities,  with the ultimate goal to serve all individuals with respect to long-term supports and services preferences regardless of age or disability.

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally
(joint activity with the Health and Medicine Division)
The forum engages in dialogue and discussion to connect the best science on how to support children's growth and development, including two-generation approaches, with practices and policies on the ground around the world. Forum activities highlight the science and economics of integrated investments in young children living in low resourced regions of the world across the areas of health, nutrition, education, and social protection.

Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health
(joint activity with the Health and Medicine Division)
The forum engages in dialogue and discussion to connect the prevention, treatment, and implementation sciences with settings where children are seen and cared for, including health care settings, schools, social service and child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system, and to create systems that are effective and affordable in addressing children’s needs.

Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The roundtable is premised on the idea that there is a need for better public understanding of the usefulness of SBS research and a commensurate need for researchers to improve their understanding of how, when, and what types of SBS research are used by industry, and the education, military, and public health communities.

Climate Change Education Roundtable (2010-2014)
The roundtable which completed its work in 2014, fostered ongoing discussion of the challenges to and strategies for improving climate science and climate change education for the general public, and for students in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. The roundtable also focused on strategies for improving the capacity for climate-related decision-making of resource managers and policy makers, and discusses implications for workforce development in professions that are strongly influenced by climate change. It published summaries from four workshops.

Forum on Open Science (2013-2015)
The forum provides a venue for candid, ongoing discussions to identify barriers to open science and determine key questions for industry, academic, and government efforts related to opening science.

Policy Roundtable of the Behavioral and Social Sciences (2012-2015)
The roundtable brings together policymakers, government producers of data and research, funders of behavioral and social science research, and relevant academic and other researchers who have had policy experience in the federal government to explore ways in which the behavioral and social sciences can better inform and otherwise contribute to more effective and efficient policies and programs of government.

Roundtable on the Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences (2013-2015)
(joint activity with the Division on Earth and Life Sciences)
The roundtable is a forum to facilitate on-going discussion and information exchange among life scientists engaged in research, social scientists who study science communication, and professional communication practitioners.

Roundtable on Crime Trends (2013-2015)
The roundtable focuses on crime trends, such as the crime decline of the past 20 years, explore its policy and operations implications and relevance for future prevention and enforcement efforts, and discusses ways to inform a long-term research agenda.

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