The most active, if not the most successful, component of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in this administration is the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). It has issued 10 reports and will meet on March 9 for the 16th time since forming in summer 2009. If you want to attend in person, registration is encouraged. The meeting will take place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. As happens with PCAST meetings, there will be a webcast. Visit the PCAST website on the Friday for the live webcast, which should be archived soon after the meeting.
The agenda is available online, but please note that it could change (or may have changed since March 1). Aside from the usual updates on PCAST reports and time for public comment, this meeting will host the Secretary of Agriculture (adding to the list of Cabinet officials who have met with PCAST), and a couple of people to (probably) re-air the perennial discussions about how China is becoming more and more economically competitive than this country. I’m just guessing based on a recent publication from one of the speakers. While the China part of the program likely will get the most attention, I suspect it will be what Secretary Vilsack has to say about science and technology activity in the Agriculture Department.