The Concept and Conduct of Decadal Surveys and Strategies for Developing Research Priorities

Note: Abstract submissions to Union sessions are by invitation only.

Session ID#: 8959

Session Description:
Federal science agencies have often sought advice from the National Research Council (NRC) to identify high priority research initiatives and in some cases to identify the technological investments required to undertake these initiatives. Particularly in the space sciences, studies described as “decadal surveys” have become influential in setting the agenda for research and major infrastructure investments. Based on these past studies, the NRC’s Space Studies Board has conducted a study called The NRC’s Space Science Decadal Surveys:  Lessons Learned and Best Practices that will be published in 2015. NSF has also commissioned the NRC for decadal planning. Several divisions in the NSF Geosciences directorate have asked the NRC for decadal-scale strategic planning advice on research and infrastructure investments.  With three 2015 publications, and other studies underway, it is an opportune time for a session on the concept and process of decadal surveys. Speakers will include members of the NRC committees.
Primary Convener:  Susan Roberts, National Research Council, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Conveners:  Michael Moloney, National Research Council, Washington, DC, United States, Amanda C Staudt, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, United States and Arthur Charo, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC, United States
Chairs:  Michael Moloney, National Academy of Science, Washington, DC, United States and Susan Roberts, National Research Council, Ottawa, ON, Canada
OSPA Liaison:  Deborah Glickson, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, United States
Index Terms:

6329 Project evaluation [POLICY SCIENCES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Melbourne G Briscoe, OceanGeeks LLC, Alexandria, VA, United States
Roger M Wakimoto, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, United States
Conrad C Lautenbacher Jr, GeoOptics LLC, Dunwoody, GA, United States
Stacey W Boland, JPL/NASA/Caltech, Pasadena, CA, United States and Committee on Survey of Surveys: Lessons Learned from the Decadal Survey Process
Steven W Squyres, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States

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