1848, Washington; 121,000 members
(1848, Washington; www.aaas.org).
The world’s largest general scientific society, best known for its annual meetings and its weekly journal Science, with some 140,000 subscribers. Seeks to promote cooperation among scientists, defend scientific freedom, encourage scientific responsibility, and support scientific education and outreach for the betterment of all humanity. Organized in 24 areas or “sections” of attention. AAAS affiliates include 262 societies and academies of science worldwide, serving more than 10 million members. Established the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy in 2004, and issues public statements on key problems, e.g. What We Know: The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change (May 2014, 28 pages; http://whatweknow.aaas.org).