PCAST Ramps Up The Reports

Earlier today the President’s Council of Advisers for Science and Technology held its second in-person meeting in 5 weeks.  It’s never shied away from meeting frequently, but if you include the conference call meeting on April 30, and another call scheduled for May 28, this is a marked increase in public activity.  The archived webcast is now available.

The morning meeting split the agenda between report updates and a panel discussion on science and technology investments in China.  The reports on microbial resistance and advanced manufacturing are also on the agenda for the May 28 call, so I do not expect the reports to be released before that date.  (I should note that the advanced manufacturing report appeared pretty far along, so it may be ready in advance of the May 28 call.)  The panel on China helped outline the shifts the country is trying to make in the orientation of its scientific and technical research enterprise.  The country is looking to develop more internal capacity for economic development connected to research and development.

I will try and keep on top of report releases from PCAST, but their staff have not been as diligent in updating the website (particularly the past meetings section).  I may well miss something.  But that’s not so unusual.


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