The AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute is an initiative of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, started in 2015 in honor of CEO Emeritus Alan I. Leshner, who founded the Center.
Each year, a cohort of 15 AAAS Leshner Fellows from an area of research at the nexus of science and society will convene for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and public engagement plan development.
AAAS Leshner Fellows will return to their institutions with a renewed commitment to develop and implement public engagement activities, train and mentor other scientists in their communities, and promote public engagement within their institutions.
Food and Water Security is the topic for the 2018-2019 cohort of AAAS Leshner Fellows.
One in nine people around the world is chronically undernourished, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Production of nutritious food in quantities that might meet societal demand not only requires sophisticated agricultural techniques but water security as well, as agriculture accounts for seventy percent of global water use. The situation is complicated by a changing climate and economic insecurity, but developments in agricultural biotechnology and energy sources may provide useful solutions.
The 2018-2019 AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science will equip an interdisciplinary cohort of food and water security researchers to be leaders in high-impact public engagement. Applicants may be scientists or engineers in academia, government, non-governmental organizations or industry. They must be active researchers working on aspects of food or water security in disciplines such as economics, nutritional science, agricultural science, hydrology, geography, demography, ecology, biology or biotechnology.
Partial applications can be edited by clicking “complete an unfinished application” and entering your email address. Once submitted applications can no longer be edited. Please remember that your completed application must be submitted by November 1, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.