The AAAS annual meeting, one of the biggest global science conferences, took place in Vancouver, BC, on February 16-20. With an attendance of about 8,000 participants from all over the world, including myself, this science conference mixed presentations of peer-reviewed studies, workshops for scientists and scientific communicators, and public family events, all aimed at encouraging kids and adults alike to explore the world through a scientific lens.
- Microchip implantable drug delivery device (on right) next to an everyday computer memory stick.
Despite the meeting’s theme, “Flattening the World, Building a Global Knowledge Society”, which could come off as rather anachronistic to a science community that has long agreed on a circular world view, the science being discussed was as cutting-edge as you can get.
For example, Dr. Robert Langer, professor at MIT, presented the world’s first microchip that, when implanted under one’s skin, can dispense minute amounts of drugs on a regular basis, thus avoiding the pain of daily injections, or the perils of forgetfulness.
The 2012 AAAS annual meetingended three days ago, which means I am still recovering from all the wonderful science talks and press conferences. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to attend the meeting this year. This weekend truly was just as enriching as I had hoped it would be.
photo credit: Alix D. Ross
Unfortunately, I have been very busy with the less-than-glamorous schoolwork undergrads must perform during reading week, so I have been unable to write about some of the things I learned over the weekend. Rest assured, I will be making a full report in next week’s issue of The Ontarion and I will gladly post the article here as well. Until then, here are my favorite quotes of the 2012 AAAS annual meeting:
Today is February 16th, the first day of the AAAS annual meeting which is taking place in rainy Vancouver. This morning, I had the honor of being invited to the press breakfast, where the president of AAAS, Dr. Nina Fedoroff, spoke about why AAAS chose Canada for this year’s meeting, and why it is so important to communicate science to the public.
After the breakfast, I attended 4 press conferences on various subjects, including press conferences on fracking (for shale gas), archeoacoustics, and an amazing microchip that, when implanted in one’s skin, can dispense daily doses of medication, relieving its wearer of the pain of daily injections or the responsibility of medicating oneself.
Tonight, I will be attending a press reception at the Vancouver aquarium, which should be very interesting. I have been tweeting about my various experiences so I encourage you to “follow” me on twitter (@ArielleDRoss) to get regular updates about the meeting.
And now for this week’s science links…