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2018 National Meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations

December 5-6, 2018
AIBS Washington, DC Office
1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

graphic Science is an international endeavor. Never has this been truer than it is today. In addition to the important contributions science makes to matters of State, global collaboration is increasingly required to tackle the scientific questions that inform policy decisions on issues such as human health and medicine, conservation of biological diversity, biological dimensions of climate change, and the availability of food for a growing population. While collaboration is required to solve these and other problems, funding, geopolitics, legal issues, new tools, and changing cultural norms - both within and beyond the scientific community - are adding complexity to the system.

Science (at least most science) is no longer done in a vacuum. Regardless of whether you think your work has international implications, it does. Consider these questions:

  • Would your research be enhanced by international partnerships?
  • What are international research priorities of the U.S. and other nations?
  • Have you used a specimen or sample (e.g., gene, tissue, organism, or environmental data point) collected in a foreign country?
  • Who owns or controls the rights to derivative products (e.g., scans or images) created from specimens or samples collected overseas?
  • Do you conduct research in a foreign country or do you collaborate on research in a foreign country with scientists from that country?
  • Have you worked with a foreign collaborator using data from multiple countries?
  • What laws govern the use and security of data collected overseas?
  • Is your journal editorial board a reflection of the global scientific enterprise?
  • How does the composition of an editorial board influence science?
  • As global research productivity increases, is the scientific community equipped to identify suspect research?
In December 2018, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) will leverage its policy connections and position in Washington, DC, to convene scientific society leaders, foreign and domestic government officials, international organization representatives, and others to consider some of these complex international science policy issues.

Meeting goals:
  1. Stimulate a dialogue within the life sciences community about international issues;
  2. Identify actions that professional communities, research organizations, funders, industry, and governments can take to address the international issues that will influence the future biological research.
Suggested Reading

The following articles are related to some of the topics that will be discussed during the meeting. Please check back often as new articles will be added. Please suggest additional articles that you think might help inform meeting discussions by sending recommendations to rgropp@aibs.org.

Science: A Global Enterprise. 2018. Gropp, RE. BioScience, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp. 155, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy022

Editorial Boards Must Be Internationally Representative. 2018. Collins, SL. And JM Verdier. BioScience, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp. 235, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy030

A Persistent Lack of International Representation on Editorial Boards in Environmental Biology. 2017. Espin, J. et. al., PLoS Biology 15(12): e2002760. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2002760

The Nagoya Protocol: Big Steps, New Problems. 2017. Watanabe, ME. BioScience, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp. 400, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix019

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing: International Treaty Poses Challenges for Biological Collections. 2015. Watanabe, ME. BioScience, Volume 65, Issue 6, pp 543-550, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biv056

Temperate Assumptions: How Where We Work Influences How We Think. 2016. Zuk, M. The American Naturalist. Vol. 188, pp. S1-S7. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/687546

Conservation Research Is Not Happening Where It Is Most Needed. 2016. Wilson, KA., et al. PLoS Biology. 14(2): e1002413. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002413

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Draft Agenda
2018 Meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • Dr. Robert Gropp, AIBS
9:15Opening Remarks
  • Dr. Charles Fenster, AIBS Board of Directors and South Dakota State University
9:45International Science
  • Dr. Anne Bowser, Science and Technology Innovation Program, The Wilson Center
10:30Coffee Break

10:45Global Data and Trends
  • Dr. Reba M. Bandyopadhyay, Science Policy Analyst, Office of the National Science Board, NSF
11:00Opportunities for Collaboration: A National Perspective
  • Dr. Craig E. Kundrot, Director, Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications, NASA
  • Dr. Rebecca Keiser, Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, NSF
  • Dr. Christine Sizemore, Director, Division of International Relations, Fogarty International Center, NIH
12:00 Lunch

1:00 Overseas Opportunities
  • Dr. Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor, Research & Innovation, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
  • Mr. Andrew Price, UK Science and Innovation Network, British Embassy
1:45 International Science: An NGO Perspective
  • Ms. Syril Petitt, Executive Director, Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
2:15 Break

2:30 Community Perspectives: What Concerns Scientists and Society Leaders
  • Dr. Steward T.A. Pickett, AIBS Board of Directors and Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Dr. Marc S. Mendonca, Radiation Research Society, and Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Amanda Moehring, Society for the Study of Evolution, Canada Research Chair, Western University
3:30 Past and Future U.S. Involvement with the International Union for Biological Sciences
  • Ms. Kathie Bailey, Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
3:45 Legal Issues
The Nagoya Protocol as Case Study
  • Dr. Linda Ford, Harvard University
  • Dr. John Bates, Field Museum of Natural History
4:45 Synthesis

5:00 Reception and Networking

Conclude Day 1

Thursday, December 6, 2018

8:30 Registration

9:00 Summary of Day 1

9:10Publishing: Global Issues and Concerns
  • Julia McDonnell, Senior Publisher, Oxford University Press
  • Rachel Safer, Senior Publisher, Oxford University Press
  • Beth Staehle, Director of Publications, Biophysical Society

10:30Cultural, Scientific, and Collaborative Imbalances: Tropical Research as a Case Study in International Science
  • Dr. Joe Travis, AIBS and Florida State University: How scientific practice, funding, and cultural issues can drive the research that is undertaken and how that, in turn, can lead to biases and large, surprising gaps in our knowledge of important topics.
11:15Engaging Internationally: Professional Society Perspectives
  • What are professional communities doing, and is it working?
  • What are challenges and opportunities?
  • What are your policy needs; from U.S. or foreign governments?
  • Dr. Todd Crowl, President, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, and Professor of Biology, Florida International University
  • Dr. Raymond Mejia, Society for Mathematical Biology and AIBS
  • Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
12:00 Lunch

1:00 Discussion: Issues and Concerns

2:00 Break

2:15 Discussion, Recommendations, Synthesis

3:00 The U.S. State Department: Its Role in Fostering Global Collaboration
  • Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space, Science, and Health
3:30 Questions and Discussion

4:30 Adjourn

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