Academics form the UK will provide some highlights of the conference by the AAAS
Academics from the UK will provide some of the highlights of the conference in Boston, organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
British scientists are taking part in key presentations on space weather, energy supply, gravity waves, precision agriculture, artificial intelligence and personalised medicine.
Other items on a wide-ranging agenda include gene editing and its likely impact on society, new advances in combating cancer, biological machines, deep sea floor mining, "fake" news, and US science policy following the election of President Donald Trump.
British scientists are taking part in a variety of key presentations
To make decisions, societies rely on knowledge and multiple perspectives
Barbara Schaal, AAAS president
This year's meeting, taking place over five days from February 16, is the 183rd and has the theme "serving society through science policy".
AAAS president Barbara Schaal, professor of biology at Washington University in St Louis, said: "To make decisions, societies rely on knowledge and multiple perspectives.
"Policies both within and outside science should be informed by the best available evidence. Science alone cannot translate knowledge into viable policy options; other factors include societal norms and cultural values."
Barbara Schaal is professor of biology at Washington University in St Louis
Prof Schaal was formerly a White House science adviser appointed by then president Barack Obama.
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Founded in 1848, the AAAS serves 261 affiliated societies and academies and publishes the leading journal Science.