NAS Will Hold 156th Annual Meeting April 27-30

From April 27 to April 30 the National Academy of Sciences will hold its 156th annual meeting.  The following events will be live webcast:

April 27, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDTResearch Briefings
Six new members elected in 2018 will discuss their research and answer questions from the audience.

April 27, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT
-- Presentation Ceremony and signing of the "Registry of Membership" for members elected last year.

April 28, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. EDTBook and Author Talk
Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, will discuss his book in a conversation with NAS President Marcia McNutt.  The book won the 2018 National Academies Communication Award in the book category.

April 28, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT Awards Ceremony
Recipients of the 2019 NAS Awards will be honored for their outstanding contributions to science. Among the winners is agricultural scientist, policymaker, and visionary leader Agnes Kalibata, who is receiving the 2019 Public Welfare Medal for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern science and effective policy, helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty and scaling impacts for millions more African farmers. The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award.

April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. EDTNAS President’s Address
National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver her annual address to NAS members and guests.

April 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon EDT “Establishing the Trustworthiness of Science”
This symposium will explore the foundations of establishing trust and what the scientific community is doing to more systematically establish — and signal — which results have earned trust. Speakers will present research as well as participate in panel discussions.

New Academy members will also be elected.  Election results will be available online by noon EDT on April 30 at Reporters can register in advance to receive the list of new members via e-mail at 

Follow the annual meeting on social media using the hashtag #NAS156.

For information on viewing the webcasts, click here. Reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail