Science, Engineering, and Technology
Academy projects in Science, Engineering, and Technology explore how best to employ
science and technology to enhance the human condition. Activities focus on increasing
public understanding of current research and technological change, and on helping
society adapt effectively and make meaningful use of new scientific knowledge.
Drawing on the expertise of scientists, humanists, social scientists, legal professionals,
and others, the Academy analyzes the impact of advances in science and technology
and develops policy recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the nation’s
Areas of interest include U.S. productivity in science and technology; the evolution
of the Internet and its influence on social norms and institutions; and public understanding
of, and trust in, science and medicine.
Projects within this research area are conducted under the guidance of the Science,
Engineering, and Technology Initiative and its Oversight Committee.
Explore Our Projects in Science, Engineering, and Technology
You can review the Academy’s projects from the 1950s through today.
For a full listing, visit our project page.
The Public Face of Science will develop new assessments of public interactions with science, technology, and medicine
Studying how the nation can improve U.S. policy-making related to science and technology.
Examining how social, legal, and economic factors can inhibit the adoption of new
energy technologies – and how the application of social science research can help.
Crafting a research agenda to explore the individual, societal, and regulatory implications
of artificial performance enhancement.
Evaluating public perceptions of childhood vaccines in the U.S. and around the world,
including how public trust is shaped at the individual, organizational, and societal
levels, as part of the Academy’s ongoing work on Public Understanding of Science