Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity

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When: March 13-14, 2018

Colloquium (open to public with advance registration)
Tuesday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Student Symposium (by application only)
Monday, March 12, 2018

Where: The Mall, Washington, DC, at the beautiful old building of the National Academy of Sciences:

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20418

What: The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is offering a colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity.
This Sackler Colloquium will explore ways that art/design and science/engineering/medicine research can yield productive partnerships that address the grand challenges of our times. It is an invitation to think different, to be ambitious, and to collaborate using powerful technologies and innovative social mechanisms. The colloquium features a remarkable set of speakers who are committed to making sustainable changes to research, education, government, and business.

Organizing Committee: Ben Shneiderman, Maneesh Agrawala, Alyssa Goodman, Youngmoo Kim, and Roger Malina

Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering/medicine. We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.

National Academy of Sciences

Keynote speaker: Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton

Agenda and Speakers:

Registration Fee

Registration is now open with a fee of $200, but we have arranged for funding to allow registrations at $50 to the first 100 people who request this subsidy: artists, students, and others without funding.

  • Public Registration: $200.00, payable by Visa or MasterCard online. (No American Express)
  • Subsidized Registration: $50.00, (sponsored by Science Sandbox – a program of the Simons Foundation) There are a limited number of subsidized registrations for early career researchers or artists without funds for conference registration.
  • Elected NAS/NAE/NAM members: $0.00 Registration Fee
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