To begin a year-long commemoration of NSF's 70th anniversary, and 75 years since the publication of "Science - the Endless Frontier," NSF held a two-day symposium on Feb. 6-7, 2020.
Day 1 - February 6, 2020
Day 2 - February 7th, 2020
Thursday, Feb. 6
|9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation||Welcome|
|9:30 – 10:15 a.m.||Gregg Pascal Zachary, Vannevar Bush Biographer & Professor, Arizona State University||Presentation on Vannevar Bush’s life and the history of his famous report Science— the Endless Frontier (15-minute Q&A period)|
|10:15 – 11:00 a.m.||Emily Gibson, NSF Science Policy Analyst, Historian of Science & Technology||Presentation on forthcoming NSF history book (15-minute Q&A period)|
|11:00 –11:30 a.m.||Interactive History Session||This panel will feature an interactive history presentation that may include video and an interactive quiz/poll session requiring audience participation. Moderated by Diane Souvaine, National Science Board (NSB) Chair & Professor, Tufts University|
|12:30 – 2:00 p.m.||A Conversation with Past and Present NSF Directors||
Dr. Córdova will join past NSF Directors in a conversation about the agency’s past, present, and future.
|2:15 – 3:45 p.m||Science Breakthroughs||
Panel featuring NSF-funded science breakthroughs from the last decade. The topics covered in this panel will feature a mix of major breakthroughs, as well as research that has led to significant impacts on society. In addition, the panelists will be a diverse set of researchers, including those earlier in their careers.
|3:45 – 4:45 p.m.||Partnerships to Address National Priorities||
Panelists will discuss the importance of forming partnerships to address national priorities, focusing on the following topics: quantum, AI, and the Future of Work. These topics tie into several the NSF 10 Big Ideas, as well as the NSB’s focus on the development of the skilled technical workforce
|4:45 – 5:15 p.m.||Kelvin Droegemeier, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House||Dr. Droegemeier will speak on the current place of NSF and the American scientific enterprise and close with a look to the future|
Friday, Feb. 7
|9:00 – 10:00 a.m||Big Ideas Fireside Chat||
The session will feature a dynamic speaker able to discuss the concept behind the 10 Big Ideas collectively, followed by 10-15 min of a panel discussion, leaving time at the end for questions from the audience
|10:15 – 11:15 a.m.||Industries of the Future: What will they look like? How do we prepare for them?||
Industry and business leaders will discuss the importance of scientific advancements in ensuring national economic and industrial competitiveness. They will also describe the role of NSF in their company/industry and the value of federal support for science. Finally, they will address challenges and strategies for the future.
|11:15 – 12:00 p.m.||National Science Board 2030 Visioning Panel||