Strengthening the Roles of Universities in National Science Policymaking:  Education, Research, and Engagement

A Jerome B. Wiesner Symposium

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Rackham Building

Amphitheatre, Fourth Floor

March 30 - 31, 2015


Science and technology are at the heart of many of the most pressing challenges facing society today, including climate change, health care, energy, national security, economic competitiveness, and a variety of social issues. Over the last several decades, our nation’s investment in scientific research, particularly at universities, has provided a stream of ideas, insights, technologies, and talent that has been central to our ability to address evolving challenges while ensuring the health of our economy and our quality of life. Never has it been more important to sustain this investment and make effective use of the resources it funds.


The purpose of this conference is to bring together leaders from government and academia to explore how universities can more productively inform and engage in the formulation of national policies affecting the sciences and engineering and the effective application of science and technology to a host of societal challenges. An explicit goal is to develop and recommend specific action items for education, research, and engagement.


Among the key presenters will be: 

John Holdren—Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

                            and Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Science and Technology

Ralph Cicerone—President of the National Academy of Sciences

France Cordova—Director of the National Science Foundation

Rush Holt—Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former Member of Congress

For additional information email: wiesnersymposium@umich.edu