AIBS Leadership in Biology / Council Meeting
Opportunities to Advance Biology

December 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

  AIBS is hosting two meetings, same location, on key topics in biology:

Joseph Travis

Join AIBS for a daylong active discussion about the practices in the biological sciences that are shifting to meet the changing dynamics of science and society. Together we will explore opportunities for professional societies and ways in which we can collectively increase the capacity of our networked leadership community.

8:30Registration, Coffee, and Pastries

9:00 - 9:15Welcome, Opening Remarks
Susan Stafford, Ph.D., University of Minnesota and AIBS Board of Directors

LEADERSHIP IN BIOLOGY: Over the past few years, the AIBS Board of Directors and Staff have been listening to the community to better understand the changing dynamics of science and society and how those dynamics impact its professionals and the field broadly. Extending from and building on last year's Leadership in Biology event, we will share what we have learned, interactively explore the key role of leadership, and discuss strategies to achieve collective impact.

9:15 - 10:15What We Heard and How We Move Forward from Here
Facilitators: Susan Musante, M.A.Ed., Director of Education Programs
& Sheri Potter, Director of Membership and Public Programs

10:15 - 10:30Break

10:30 - 11:30Building leadership capacity to address how the field is changing, shifting practices, obstacles, opportunities.
Facilitator: Teri Balser, Ph.D. University of Florida and AIBS Board of Directors

11:30 - 12:00Showcase of Bright Spots at Public Interfaces
Panelists: Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College
Katie Engen, American Society for Plant Biologists
Jen Collins, Smithsonian Institution

12:00 - 1:00Lunch (provided)

So, you want $1M?
Robert Gropp, Ph.D., Director, AIBS Community Programs Division and Public Policy Office

1:00 - 1:20The new Congress and science policy. How can individuals and organizations engage in the process to promote sound policy?
Julie Palakovich Carr, Manager, AIBS Public Policy Office

SHIFTING PRACTICES: Changes in Practice & Policy that are Influencing Research

As a result of new technology and the complexity of answering some of society's most vexing questions, there are a number of national initiatives underway or emerging that will influence how scientific research is done in the years ahead. Some of these opportunities relate to 'open science' and 'open data', and some are a result of new technology-driven opportunities to develop novel models for how science gets done. During this section of the program, we are going to share information about some of these national initiatives and solicit input about how the AIBS community might help to inform these efforts.

1:20 - 1:45Digitization and Biodiversity: Building a sustainable community to inform science and society about biological diversity.
Robert Gropp, Ph.D., Director, Community Programs Division & Public Policy Office

1:45 - 2:15Changing Practices in Data Publication
Tim Beardsley, D. Phil., Director, AIBS Publications Division & Editor-in-Chief, BioScience, and David Crotty, Ph.D., Oxford University Press

2:15 - 2:30Break

2:30 - 3:00Reviewing Peer-Review & Informing Decision Making
Stephen Gallo, Ph.D., Technical Operations Manager, and Scott Glisson Ph.D., Director, AIBS Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services (SPARS)

3:00 - 3:30Changing research practices:
Discussion of issues related to publishing, data, and peer review.
Moderator: Steward Pickett, Ph.D., Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and AIBS Board of Directors, and Judith Skog, Ph.D., George Mason University and AIBS Board of Directors


3:30 - 4:00Get Involved & Concluding Remarks
Richard O'Grady, Ph.D., Executive Director, AIBS

4:00 Adjourn

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