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New CSSP Brochure

CSSP releases a new brochure. Download the PDF.

CSSP Statement on Racial Equality

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) stands against all manners of racial injustice. The recent events in the US have clearly shown that African Americans are attacked, dehumanized and even killed because of the amount of melanin in their skin.

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Register now for CSSP's Virtual Leadership Workshop

Based on planning calls that have been taking place with our respected speakers we can say, with strong conviction, that you are going to want to make sure to register for the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) Virtual Leadership Workshop on May 2 - 4, 2020

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Donald Kennedy

The Council of Scientific Society President (CSSP) extends its sympathy to family, friends and colleagues of Donald Kennedy, who died April 21, 2020, of COVID-19 at Gordon Manor, a residential care home in Redwood City where he resided for the past two years. Kennedy, 2004 recipient of the CSSP Support of Science Award, was an American scientist, public administrator, and academic. He served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1977–79), President of Stanford University (1980–92), and Editor-in-Chief of Science (2000–08). Following this, he was named president emeritus of Stanford University; Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, emeritus; and senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

CSSP Speaker receives NAS Public Welfare Medal

Distinguished science and political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson will receive the 2020 NAS Public Welfare Medal for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.”  The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

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CSSP Leadership Workshop Goes Virtual!

The dates have not changed (May 2-4, 2020), just the delivery method. We are working with our fantastic invited speakers to adjust their presentations to include content associated with the changes brought to both science and societies due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. During the past week, the Board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents has been working diligently on determining the most effective way shift our Spring Leadership Workshop to its exciting virtual format.

With generous assistance by Know Innovation (KI), a group of trained facilitators with a passion for science, CSSP is anticipating delivering all the great science and leadership content and conversations that you are accustomed to experiencing. KI will be working closely with CSSP to ensure we have the skills and knowledge needed to make our virtual workshop a reality.

While we finish working out the details, we want to make sure you keep the CSSP Spring Leadership Workshop on your calendar on these dates.

Moderator Announced for March Chat

CSSP is pleased to share that Scott Cotenoff of La Piana Consulting will moderate "Mergers, collaborations, and strategic alliances/partnerships - which one, when?" on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 12:30-1:30 PM EDT.

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OSTP Issues Request for Information

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued the following statements:

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CSSP Position: Federal Support of STEM Education Board Approved

The Board of Directors of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents has approved an updated position paper on Federal Support for STEM Education.

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New "Leadership Notes" Posted

Executive Director, Cindy Paska has authored a new Leadership Note regarding the CSSP site change.

CSSP Presents Educational Research Award

Dr. Malcolm Butler presented the CSSP Educational Research Award for outstanding achievement in educational research that improved children’s learning and understanding  to Dr. Vincente Talanquer at the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop on December 7, 2019.

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CSSP Presents Support of Science Award

Dr. David Baltensperger presented the Support of Science Award to Senator Susan Collins in honor of her outstanding and dedicated support of US science, free scientific communication, and support of basic research on December 10, 2019 at the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop.

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CSSP Chat Schedule for 2020

CSSP Chat Schedule for 2020:
  • January 16, 2020 – Future Business Models for Science Societies
  • February 20, 2020 – Governance vs Management; the jobs of science society boards of directors
  • March 19, 2020 – Mergers, collaborations, and strategic alliances/partnerships – which one, when?
  • April 16, 2020 – Budgeting process: drafting, important features
  • May 21, 2020 – Managing the strategic planning process
  • June 18, 2020 – Identifying, Securing and Maintaining funding sources
  • July 16, 2020 – Ensuring Diversity and Equity
  • August 20, 2020 – Managing Personal Transitions: Leadership Skills and your next job
  • September 17, 2020 – Maintaining, growing and ensuring value for your membership
  • October 15, 2020 – Investments, endowments, and long-term funding
  • November 19, 2020 – Mentoring both scientists and science leaders
  • December 17, 2020 – The importance of publishing to scientific societies

CSSP Participates in State of Innovation 2020 Launch Event

Day One Project's State of Innovation 2020 launch event with an ambitious goal to identify and refine 100 actionable Science & Technology ideas for a future Administration or Congress to embrace.

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John A. Downing Named 2019 AAAS Fellow

University of Minnesota Sea Grant Director (and CSSP member) John A. Downing has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.

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