Strength in members

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Science  05 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6273, pp. 539
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf3366

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A year ago on this page, I described some of the challenges that science faces in cultivating support from the society it serves. Stepping in as the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science), my editorial asked, “Why science? Why AAAS?” My thoughts about the nature and service of science and the mission and goals of AAAS—the world's largest general science membership organization—have since been focusing on new and revitalized efforts that will continue to make AAAS the principal voice for science. A great example of this will be the AAAS Annual Meeting next week in Washington, DC (11 to 16 February), where we will bring together diverse leading voices from around the world to discuss how “Global Science Engagement” can move society toward a secure future.