The Intersection

When Science And Politics Collide

About a year ago, we had an idea to make science more prominent on the campaign trail this election cycle: ScienceDebate2008 was born.

It wasn’t long before a lot of folks took notice and the initiative grew rapidly. Eventually, the presidential candidates weighed in.

This week, ScienceDebate2008 co-hosted Innovation 2008 with the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota–a conference bringing together academics, policy makers, business leaders, scientists, educators, artists, students, and the public to discuss solutions to the major challenges facing the United States revolving around science and technology policy. It was an excellent forum inspiring all sorts of ideas and unique collaborative efforts. The 2008 election may be weeks away, but for ScienceDebate this is only the beginning

We’ll have details from the conference up soon, but in the mean time, a photo from Monday featuring much of the force that founded SD08:

[left to right: Darlene Cavalier, Shawn Lawrence Otto, Matthew Chapman, Lawrence Krauss, Chris Mooney, Erik Beeler, Sheril Kirshenbaum]


  1. #1 Sciencefan
    October 22, 2008

    An impressive looking group of people.
    I watched some of the live stream, and am interested to read more on The Intersection.

  2. #2 Philip H.
    October 22, 2008

    I watched some of the streaming video yesterday, and it looked like you had a really good conference (at least in terms of the content). It would be really cool to hear how many folks, from what disciplines, attended, and what were the really big hairy ideas that came from it.

    Keep up the fantastic work.

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