22 January 2020

You're Invited to NSF's 70th Anniversary Symposium

Richard Fienberg

Richard Fienberg, AAS Press Officer

NSF LogoOn 10 May 1950, President Harry Truman signed the National Science Foundation Act, creating the only federal agency charged with funding fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is holding a free two-day symposium to commemorate its 70th anniversary and 75 years since the publication of Vannevar Bush’s visionary report, Science: The Endless Frontier, which laid the groundwork for the agency’s creation. Sessions include a conversation with past and present NSF directors and a Breakthroughs Panel featuring the Event Horizon Telescope’s Shep Doeleman, Physics Nobel Laureate Rai Weiss, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Margaret Leinen, Stanford economist and Nobel Laureate Al Roth, and Stanford materials researcher and NSF Waterman award winner Jennifer Dionne.

The symposium will be held at NSF headquarters (2415 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314) on 6 February 2020, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, and 7 February from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST.

To attend this event in person and to ensure NSF building access, please register by 24 January 2020.

Register for NSF's 70th Anniversary Symposium

Can’t attend in person? The event will also be webcast. Download the draft agenda (PDF). Want more info? Watch this video. Questions? Email symposium@nsf.gov.