President David Wilson was among a slate of plenary speakers to open the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Annual Forum on Science and Technology Policy this afternoon in Washington D.C. The forum, which welcomes scientists, legislators, educators and policy makers from around the world, focuses on making science more accessible to the public through enhanced communication, entrepreneurial development, and increased diversity.
President Wilson’s speech, Innovation – The Global Frontier addressed the need for the scientific community to welcome partnerships with historically black colleges and universities to keep America globally competitive in the changing landscapes of science and technology.
“We must call on the nation to put HBCUs at the epicenter of developing the diverse scientific and technological talent to keep America competitive,” said Wilson. “Failure to do so can mean a nation adrift over the next 50 years because it did not invest in those institutions that know how to develop the talent that will soon be the majority of the nation’s population.”