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A Symposium on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Vannevar Bush’s “Science - The Endless Frontier”


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the influential Vannevar Bush report, Science: The Endless Frontier. This remarkable and prescient report was the guiding force for science and innovation in our country for decades. It led to the development of the modern American research university, the National Science Foundation, and the intellectual architecture for science, engineering, and medical research and higher education in the United States. Bush’s report helped form critical institutions and shaped much of our science policy. From post-World World II through the end of the Cold War in 1990, it was the guiding light for the nation’s science policy.  After the end of the Cold War, science policy began to change and continues to change.  Now is the time to look to the future: what is our vision for science during the next 75 years?

On February 26, 2020, leaders from science, government, academia, business and philanthropy met at a one day symposium in Washington, DC to reflect on Bush’s legacy and explore new approaches for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the next 75 years.

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This event was sponsored by The Kavli Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences.

The February symposium marked the start of a year-long conversation.  Additional conversations in New York City and California are being scheduled this year.  

Start Date: 2/26/2020 08:15 AM

End Date: 2/26/2020 05:15 PM (EST)

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Behavioral and Social Sciences
Biology and Life Sciences
Computers and Information Technology
Conflict and Security Issues
Earth Sciences
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Explore Science
Health and Medicine
Industry and Labor
Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Space and Aeronautics
Policy for Science and Technology

Event Location On-Site:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

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Contact Name: Dominic LoBuglio
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Contact Phone: (202) 334-2402

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