February 1, 2007.National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Keynote: Arden Bement Jr., PhD, NSF director.
In February 2007, Research!America, in partnership with Abbott, presented Bridging the Sciences: Investment and Innovation, a half-day forum at the National Press Club. A distinguished panel discussed how the U.S. can keep its competitive edge in innovation by fostering collaboration across the many disciplines of science: biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics, physics and engineering. In the keynote address, Arden Bement Jr., PhD, director, National Science Foundation, described the opportunities and momentum behind the notion of bridging the sciences—and challenges ahead if certain trends continue. Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley said, “We must strive to engage opinion leaders and decision makers in conversations about the importance of and greater support for convergence of the sciences—life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. When we help all types of scientists work together, we help sustain our nation’s leadership in discovery and innovation.”