SciCom is happy to announce that we will partner with the world’s largest science conference organisers in Washington D.C. on Friday 12th February to ignite conversations about science in the public interest. A VIP networking reception for 150 leading science diplomats, Chief Science Advisers and Ministers is being held in the Omni Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room where legends from Frank Sinatra to Lisa Minelli have performed.
The aim is to create a dynamic hub of expertise that can support the success of new science in the public interest initiatives, such as the South African Science Forum, first held in December 2015 and first announced at last year’s reception. Prof. Luke Georghiou, Co-Champion of EuroScience Open Forum 2016 Manchester will be our compere for the evening. Established events, including ESOF 2016 Manchester, Science Agora Tokyo, and the World Science Forum 2017 Jordan are again anchoring this VIP gathering.
This year’s new partner will be the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (KOFAC). The 2016 Keynote Thematic Address titled “Animal Testing Was Yesterday – Here Is The Future!” will be given by Prof. Thomas Hartung, Chair of Evidence-Based Toxicology at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The Humane Society and US National Environment Protection Agency’s Programme Director for Chemical Safety for Sustainability, Dr. Tina Bahadori will be guests of honour. Previous guest speakers have included Dame Anne Glover, former European Commission Chief Science Adviser and Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.