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The Endless Frontier: The Next 75 Years in Science

A Symposium on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Vannevar Bush’s Science – The Endless Frontier

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the influential Vannevar Bush report, Science – The Endless Frontier. This remarkable and prescient report was the guiding force for science and innovation in our country for decades. It led to the development of the modern American research university, the National Science Foundation, and the intellectual architecture for science, engineering, and medical research and higher education in the United States. Bush’s report helped form critical institutions and shaped much of our science policy. From post-World World II through the end of the Cold War in 1990, it was the guiding light for the nation’s science policy. After the end of the Cold War, science policy began to change and continues to change. Now is the time to look to the future: what is our vision for science during the next 75 years?

On February 26, 2020, join leaders from science, government, academia, business and philanthropy at a one day symposium in Washington, D.C. as they reflect on Bush’s legacy and explore new approaches for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the next 75 years.

This event is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences.


Dominic LoBuglio
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