Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering, or CASE, is an entry-level program organized to educate graduate students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making and the federal policy-making process and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. AAAS will sponsor up to 4 students to participate in the workshop alongside students who are sponsored by our 2020 partner institutions.
Due to the rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 2020 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop in Washington, DC, has been cancelled.
It is with deep regret that we share this information with you. We recognize the hard work that both students and sponsors have put into preparation for this spring’s workshop and do not take the decision to cancel the workshop lightly. AAAS’ decision to cancel this meeting was based on the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the fact that a large number of attendees at this meeting are coming from affected U.S. states, and that an increasing number of institutions – including AAAS – have begun issuing guidelines and restrictions regarding university- or society-sponsored travel.
AAAS CEO Sudip Parikh explained to staff, as well, that AAAS’ policies in response to this novel situation are guided by several overarching goals, including: 1) ensuring the health and safety of AAAS staff, volunteers, and program participants; and 2) avoiding the potential for delays getting home to family and other obligations due to disruption of travel by events such as the cancellation of flights or hastily imposed travel restrictions.
We will follow up via email in the coming days with information on how AAAS will reimburse paid registrations (for payments made both online and via check).
Please reach out to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that we will answer as promptly as we are able. We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.