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The UK at AAAS 2019

The UK at AAAS 2019

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is taking place in Washington DC from 14-17 February 2019. The UK is being represented by many academic and industry experts, speaking on a broad range of topics, ranging from neuroscience and patient safety in hospitals, to combatting fake news, living healthier and longer lives, and reducing the impact of climate change. 

UKRI will provide support to UK researchers attending the AAAS meeting, and will showcase the strength of UK research with an exhibit stand and at an international networking reception.

The UK stand and reception will feature exhibits covering healthy ageing, environmental science, online gaming, gravitational waves, 3D holograms for health care, reducing HIV/AIDS in Africa, and new technology to diagnose and treat lung disease. The Universities of Abertay, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton, and the British Antarctic Survey will be represented through the exhibits.

Find out more about our stand activities:


  • All UKRI sessions, which include:
    • Going Global: toward a truly international process for research infrastructures
    • Infectious disease control and prevention: the future is interdisciplinary
    • Technology transfer from blue sky science: avoiding pitfalls, maximizing returns
  • All sessions from the UK delegation, which include:
    • Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI Chief Executive – Plenary discussion: Responding Faster and Smarter to New Problems
    • Professor Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter – Big Data
    • Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol – Fighting Fake News
    • Professor Dave Stuart, Diamond Light Source - Infectious Diseases: Pushing the Boundaries of Physiology
    • Professor Stefan Soldner-Rembold, University of Manchester - Solving the Biggest Mysteries with the Tiniest Particles
    • Professor Cathy Dwyer, Scotland’s Rural College – Agricultural Innovation and Update

To find out what’s happening:

You can view an interactive programme of the event on the AAAS website.

If your institution wishes to further promote your work through sponsored activities with AAAS, please contact meetings@aaas.org. Find out more about the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Read more in The impact of UK-US research collaboration (PDF, 1.1MB), a snapshot of some of the ways UK and US researchers have maximised the impact of their work through collaboration.

Brochure on the impact of UK-US research collaboration (PDF, 8.3MB): more than a dozen case studies of UK and US researchers working together to achieve social, health, environmental and economic impact.

You can view our previous case studies for AAAS here.