A New Spin on Sigma Xi's Annual Meeting

by Jamie Vernon | Sep 04, 2018

Jamie Vernon

Sigma Xi members, affiliates, and explorers worldwide have a singular opportunity each year to come together as companions in scientific and engineering research. This year, thanks to the vision of the program committee, the Annual Meeting agenda has expanded from primarily Society business to include more dynamic programming designed to be both personally enriching and professionally beneficial.

A convention of Sigma Xi members is a uniquely noteworthy event. Where else would you have an opportunity to share your work face-to-face with such a high-caliber group of scientists and engineers except under the auspices of a Sigma Xi meeting? We are also boosting registration of non-members who wish to connect with Sigma Xi and participate in the remarkable program. What new insights will be gleaned from conversing with our colleagues from diverse research backgrounds?

Sigma Xi is making these changes for you, and we need your feedback to determine whether we’re getting it right. Our goal is to produce an Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference that prepares you for the changing research environment. We’ll make it happen by addressing issues that affect you. After all, this is your  meeting, as a distinguished researcher, student, or science supporter, irrespective of your field. It’s a time to make useful connections, discover new ideas, and encounter different perspectives

The 2018 meeting will be held October 25–28 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel in California. This year’s theme has implications for all research disciplines: Big Data and the Future of Research. Speakers will discuss research that uses large data sets, known as big data. We will demonstrate how big data is changing science and engineering, and how researchers are responding to these changes.

The agenda includes:

  • Plenary speakers, such as Jeff Dean, Google’s head of artificial intelligence

  • Big data symposia on physics, astronomy, biology, medicine, energy, climate, and the environment

  • Professional development sessions

  • Science communication and policy sessions

  • Ethical conduct of research sessions

We will also host science entertainment:

  • Science comedian, Brian Malow

  • Science cafés

Please review the agenda and let us know:

  1. Do you like what you see on tap for the Annual Meeting?

    1. If so, register to attend

    2. If not, what would you like to see next year?

  2. Is this a conference model that you find valuable?

  3. Would you like to help organize the 2019 meeting?

Send your feedback to executiveoffice@sigmaxi.org

Please plan to join us in Silicon Valley this October to enjoy this meeting and provide feedback for future meetings.

Jamie Vernon signature
Jamie L. Vernon, PhD
Executive Director and CEO
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
Publisher of American Scientist

comments powered by Disqus

Blog Categories