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Upcoming Events

Nobel Prize Summit 2020: Our Planet, Our Future
April 29-May 1, 2020. Washington, DC
Additional information will be forthcoming in 2020

View a list of Sustainability-related meetings at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Recent Events

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
July 30-31, 2019, Washington, DC

Sustainability Science 2.0

June 21, 2019, Arlington, VA

Sustainability Science 2.0

May 24, 2019, Denver, CO

Strengthening Sustainability Program at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels: A Workshop

February 13, 2019, Washington, DC

Food Loss and Waste Workshop

October 17, 2018, Washington, DC

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
July 30-31, 2019

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability was held on July 30-31, 2019 in Washington, DC. A working dinner on July 30 included new member introductions and presentations on Roundtable history and future vision by the co-chair David Dzombak and STS director Franklin Carrero-Martínez. The morning of the second day focused on a new vision for the Roundtable. During the session on Sustainability across the National Academies, senior staff from different divisions and programs within the National Academies discussed possible areas of collaboration with the Roundtable. The afternoon session focused on strategic planning for future Roundtable activities in the context of collaboration with other Academies groups and activities. Two breakout discussions were held:  one focused on domestic opportunities, and one on global opportunities. Each Roundtable member participated in one of the breakout discussions to develop plan of actions for potential Roundtable initiatives. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 (Great Hall)

5:00 pm     Reception 

6:00 pm     Working Dinner 
                    David Dzombak (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, STS Roundtable Co-Chair
                    Franklin Carrero-Martínez, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (Lecture Room)

8:30 am     Welcome from the Policy and Global Affairs Division
                    Vaughan Turekian, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Teleconference)

8:40 am     Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals 
                    David Dzombak (NAE) and Franklin Carrero-Martínez 

Session I:  New Approaches for the Roundtable

8:50 am      Vision for the Future of the Roundtable 
                     David Dzombak (NAE) and Franklin Carrero-Martínez                   

9:10 am      Discussion of Roundtable Vision 
                     All Members
9:40 am     
Report on Current STS Activities 

10:00 am    BREAK

10:15 am    Sustainability across the National Academies 

11:45 am    Q&A and Discussion

12:15 pm    Working Lunch (Great Hall)
                     Joint Luncheon with the Committee to Advice the U.S. Global Change Research Program

Session II:  Strategic Planning for Future Activities

1:15 pm      Strategic Priorities for the Roundtable
                     All Members     

1:45 pm      Breakout Discussions: Develop Plan of Actions for Potential Roundtable Initiatives               

  • Domestic Working Group (Moderator: Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy)
  • Global Working Group (Moderator: Bill Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science)

2:45 pm      BREAK

3:00 pm      Report Back from Breakout Discussions
3:30 pm      Action Items in Preparation for Next Roundtable Meeting 
                     David Dzombak (NAE), Roundtable Co-chair 

4:00 pm      Adjourn


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