How can science help address the many divisions in our communities, in global
society, and in science itself? Science plays a unique and important role in how
people see and understand the world, and how lines and distinctions are drawn.
At this Annual Meeting, we look for ways science is bringing together people,
ideas, and solutions from across real and artifcial borders, disciplines, sectors,
ideologies, and traditions. How can science working across boundaries improve
its ability to fnd solutions to the pressing problems of our age? How can
scientists, wherever they work, more efectively engage with the broader society?
How can we fnd better ways to engage the public, especially in expanding access
to science and scientifc careers? At the international level, science diplomacy
builds bridges between countries. How can we encourage more of this, and utilize
science as a common ground more locally as well? Can science contribute
information that might reduce or mitigate the starkly divergent interests of
diferent populations and demographics, such as urban and rural communities?
What boundaries most impede your research or your career? While
acknowledging that some boundaries are useful and necessary, the meeting
theme considers how research can be applied to problematic separations in
the world, and how unhelpful boundaries within science are being addressed.