The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. PCAST is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

For more information about PCAST, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast


10:00 am


Welcome from PCAST Co-Chairs
John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); Co-Chair, PCAST
Eric Lander, Co-Chair, PCAST


10:15 am


Federal Statistical System
Speaker: Katherine Wallman, Chief US Statistician, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President


11:15 am


Update on Status of Implementation of PCAST Influenza Report Recommendations
Speakers: Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Robin Robinson, Director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, HHS

12:15 pm






Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development
Speaker: Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration


2:30 pm


Public Comment


3:00 pm


PCAST Study Updates

  • Biodiversity Preservation and Ecosystem Sustainability
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Higher Education


5:00 pm