Top federal officials to speak at 20-21 April AAAS policy forum

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and White House science adviser John H. Marburger III are among the scheduled speakers at the 31st annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy to be held 20-21 April at the Washington Court Hotel. The Forum, widely recognized as the major public meeting in the United States on science and technology policy issues, will feature sessions on avian flu and other global health threats; protecting the integrity of science; use of science and technology to help achieve energy security and homeland security; and the U.S. response to the global innovation challenge. The Forum also will assess the research and development spending proposals in the pending 2007 federal budget and their implications for the future.

Information on the Forum is available at: http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/forum.htm
Credentialed reporters may register by contacting Lonnie Shekhtman, 202-326-6434, lshekthm@aaas.org or Earl Lane, 202-326-6431, elane@aaas.org.

Marburger will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, 20 April, at 9 a.m. The opening plenary session at 10 a.m. will discuss the budget and policy context for proposed R&D spending in the FY2007 federal budget. Kei Koizumi, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, will assess the long-term implications of the proposed budget, which would increase R&D spending to nearly $137 billion in 2007 but continue the Administration's emphasis on development of weapons and space vehicles. As a result, funding for the remainder of the R&D portfolio would fall, even after the requested increases for the President's American Competitiveness Initiative are taken into account.

Other speakers at the opening session include Bill Hoagland, director for budget and appropriatio

Contact: Earl Lane
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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