Madeleine JacobsIt is a pleasure to welcome you to our new website! We hope you will visit it often to stay abreast of news from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) and its member societies and federations.

We are especially excited about and looking forward to CSSP’s spring meeting, May 2-5, in Washington, D.C. Our program features world renowned scientists speaking on cutting edge research in a range of disciplines; experts discussing the future of scientific publishing; and perspectives on enhancing public appreciation of science and unlocking the value of science by interdisciplinarity. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about important challenges in water, climate change, and energy. Two former Congressmen, Bart Gordon, and Rush Holt, will give advice and their perspective about the best ways to communicate with Congress. And finally, we are pleased to launch a new lecture program, sponsored by The Kavli Foundation in collaboration with the American Chemical Society. On May 4, Dr. Alan Lightman will present The Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture in the National Geographic Auditorium on “Science and Religion.” This free public lecture begins at 6 p.m. and concludes with a book signing by Dr. Lightman of his books, The Accidental Universe and Einstein’s Dreams. (Learn more on our News page.)

CSSP hosts these unique meetings twice a year. They are an extraordinary opportunity for current and rising leaders in scientific and professional societies to hear and learn from scientific pioneers, top political and thought leaders, and leadership experts. Only CSSP brings together leaders from the full gamut of scientific and engineering research disciplines with outstanding thinkers and visionaries.

CSSP Chair of the Executive Board John Downing notes: “Attending CSSP meetings during my leadership of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography made a huge difference in my ability to lead my society during challenging times. My board and I made changes to ensure the sustainability of our society that simply would not have been possible without CSSP. Things I learned from my new network of science-leadership friends will benefit my society for decades but also transformed my ability to lead.”

The beauty of CSSP is that we are a key organization representing the breadth of science and engineering research disciplines. We collaborate with other societies as appropriate on issues of advocacy. For example, I have been working with a coalition of societies to ease travel restrictions for federal scientists who wish to attend scientific and technical conferences.

CSSP is uniquely poised to lead in establishing policies and programs that will ensure a bright future for 21st century science. After more than 40 years of “Advancing Leadership in Science and Technology,” CSSP can count many major achievements in developing scientific leaders and growing influence. We hope you will join us!