STEM Symposia

SACNAS is accepting Scientific/STEM Symposia proposals for 2020 SACNAS. Proposals should exemplify cutting edge research to inform and inspire our conference attendees. Professionals are encouraged to submit proposals in all STEM disciplines and especially in transdisciplinary or multidisciplinary topics. There will be a special focus on three topics for this year’s “featured tracks”: Climate Change and Natural Hazards, Indigenous STEM and Multi-disciplinary STEM Research. In addition to being “featured tracks” for Scientific/STEM Symposia, these tracks will be incorporated into various activities and events throughout the conference.


FEATURED TRACK: Climate Change and Natural Hazards

Purpose: The Climate Change track will highlight work on climate change from a multidisciplinary perspective, including causes, effects, and mitigation. All relevant topics are encouraged, but in keeping with our conference site in southern California special consideration will be given to sessions which discuss the impact of climate change on drought, wildfires, flooding and other natural hazards.

Example Sessions:

  • Wildfire in a changing climate
  • Modeling the effects of climate change on drought
  • Interdisciplinary Climate and Weather Science and Services Supporting Community Decision Making


Purpose: The Indigenous STEM Track will highlight and feature the work of Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander STEM professionals. Sessions in this track will include talks on the importance of acknowledging the intersections of Western science and traditional knowledge and acknowledging the impact on speakers’ work throughout their academic and/or professional journeys.

Example Sessions:

  • Indigenous Physicists: How Our Culture Shapes Our Identity as Scientists
  • The Cultures of Science: The Intersection between Western and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Merging Traditional Knowledge with Scientific Knowledge for the Understanding and Mitigation of Natural Hazards

FEATURED TRACK: Multi-Disciplinary STEM Research

Purpose: More and more employers are requesting training of students as multidisciplinary and /or trans-disciplinary professionals ready to tackle a diverse and unusual sets of work-related challenges. For this purpose, SACNAS will host a track of sessions at the conference with presenters from different fields to have discussion panels on topics that may have relevance to one another but may not otherwise be seen as related:

Example Sessions:

  • Genetics and ethics
  • The ocean and pharmacology
  • Astrophysics and life
  • Math and the brain

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