Academy Chats

2024 Academy Chat Calendar

Sessions are 3:30-5pm ET unless otherwise specified

June 28 – Selecting & funding Junior Academy delegates for the American Junior Academy of Science
July through September – 3 part series on Governance
July 19 – The role of a board  (Essential responsibilities and Secrets of Success for Board members)
August 23 – Operations (Financial management & administrative basics, staffing models)
September 20 – Transparency & Longevity (Recordkeeping, archiving, software & SOPs)
October 18 (tentative) –  Sigma Xi partnership
November 15 – AAAS and the STEMM Opportunity Alliance
December 13 –  Annual Meetings

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships in States
Friday May 17, 2024 | 3pm ET

We'll hear from some state academies who have been involved establishing Policy Fellowships in their states
Paul Doss, Indiana Academy of Sciences
Sarah Brady, California Council on Science &Technology

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Science Policy and Academies of Science

Friday, January 26, 2024 | 4:00pm EST

Science policy is increasing as a career pathway and area for professional development among scientists of all expertise. Thus, the academies of science have an opportunity to engage with this topic through members. Some state academies of science are already engaging in this topic. 

In this webinar, learn about science policy and hear from Washington State Academy of Science (WSAS) and Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) about their science policy programs and initiatives. We invite conversation surrounding academies at all levels of engagement with science policy!

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Slides - Donna Gerardi-Riordan, Washington State Academy of Sciences
Slides - Terri Clark, Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering

Grow Revenue with Affiliate Members
Friday, December 8, 2023 | 3:00pm EST

Join speakers from the Kentucky Academy of Science and The Ohio Academy of Science to learn about how they have used an affiliate membership model to grow their membership and revenue.

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Slides from Kentucky Academy of Science
SAMPLE Membership Categories under an Affiliate membership model (KY)
SAMPLE Renewal Letter to Academy Affiliate Institution (KY)
SAMPLE Invitation to become an Institutional Member (OH)
SAMPLE Member Benefits



Teens Aged 13-17 Create Innovative Solutions to Society’s Toughest Challenges

May 11, 2023 | 3:00pm-5:00pm EST

The New York Junior Academy's project-based learning program for students is creating solutions
to real-world issues. Students in the program are invited to participate in 10-week challenges which take place
twice a year. During these challenges students form international teams and work with STEM experts who
mentor them as they design solutions.

Application Form  |     Parental Consent Form  |   Flyer   |   Fall 2023 Timeline

Volunteer Training and Engagement
December 9, 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm EDT
In the recent strategic planning process, NAAS leaders identified 'Dedication' as one of the core values of the organization. NAAS volunteers, leaders, and staff exude passion, motivation, and dedication in everything that they do. Join academies to discuss how to foster great volunteer engagement for your organization and junior academy. 

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Creative Fundraising for Academies of Science
October 14, 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm EDT

No two academies of science function in the same way, and the annual budgets of academies vary widely from less than $1,000 to more than $1 million. To meet financial needs, academies raise money in a variety of ways, from member dues to endowments, programs funds, and annual meeting revenue.

In this Academy Chat, academies are invited to share the creative ways that they earn funding for their organizations. Specifically, we will focus in on non-member revenue and ways that academies can keep membership affordable and accessible for diverse scientists and scholars.

Rob Weber's Notes
John Nemeth's Notes
Creative Fundraising Notes

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Supporting Junior Academies of Science
September 16, 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm EDT

One of the key functions of the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) is to support the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). Additionally, in a recent survey of state and regional academies, 80% of host both a senior academy and junior academy. The September 2022 Academy Chat will focus on how to support junior academies of science across the country who do the boots-on-the-ground outreach to students interested in STEM and funnel students to the AJAS meeting each year. 

During this Academy Chat, Gary Foss of the Washington State Academy of Science shared insights on how they support students to attend AJAS. View his slides here.

Strategic Plan Roundtable
August 5, 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm EDT
Over the past 6 months, a strategic plan was created to help organize the vision for the future of NAAS. Through the process, NAAS leadership developed new guiding principles and strategic priorities for the next 3-5 years. In this Academy Chat, NAAS leaders will share their experience with this process and take feedback from participants on NAAS goals moving forward. Donna Gerardi Riordan will speak on behalf of the NAAS Governance Committee who proposed strategic planning for the organization. Then Rachel Owen, strategic plan facilitator, will talk about how strategic planning was conducted. Finally, Amanda Fuller, NAAS President, will talk about the findings of the strategic plan and the goals for the next 3-5 years. 

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How to Have a Great Annual Meeting
May 4, 2022, 3:30-5:00 pm EDT

This webinar featured Sara Pichette from the New Mexico Academy of Science, Jack Shelley-Tremblay from the Alabama Academy of Science, and Delores Brown from the Indiana Academy of Science. Each speaker shared their best practices and tips for hosting an effective annual meeting.

Notes & Resources


AAAS Programs You Should Know About
November 19, 2021
Details    |    Watch the Recording
How can state academies benefit from AAAS programs? We heard from

Journal Editors' Convening
September 17, 2021, 3:30-5pm ET
Details   |   Watch the Recording   |  Resources & Notes
  |  JAAS Presentation  |   TNAS Presentation

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion for Academies of Science
August 13, 2021, 3:30-5pm ET  
Details   |   Watch the Recording   |    Sara Gomez' Presentation

Fundraising for Academies of Science
July 9, 2021, 3:30-5pm ET 
Details   |  Watch the Recording   |    Fundraising Resources for Academies

Dipping into State Science Policy
July 8, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm ET.  
Details  |   Watch the Recording  
Terri Clark's Presentation

Growing, Managing and Engaging State Academy Membership

June 11, 2021
(Science can be in tents >> Oklahoma Academy of Science's field meeting)
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