American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), society of scientists, founded in 1848 for the purpose of advancing science in the New World in every feasible way. The association emphasizes the unity of interest of workers in all branches of science, which it promotes through the publication of reports and the organization of meetings. One of the largest associations of scientists in the world, it has nearly 120,000 members, and some 262 affiliated and associated societies, covering the entire field of pure and applied science. It is grouped into 24 sections: agriculture, food, and renewable resources; anthropology; astronomy; atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences; biological sciences; chemistry; dentistry and oral health sciences; education; engineering; general interest in science and engineering; geology and geography; history and philosophy of science; industrial science and technology; information, computing, and communication; linguistics and language science; mathematics; medical sciences; neuroscience; pharmaceutical sciences; physics; psychology; social, economic, and political sciences; societal impacts of science and engineering; and statistics. The association publishes the weekly magazine Science, as well as various symposium volumes. It has produced new materials for the teaching of science from kindergarten through the elementary grades.
The headquarters of the AAAS is located in Washington, D.C. Similar organizations have been established in several other countries—for example, the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institut de France.