COSSA’s Annual Meeting
Each year, following its Board of Directors meeting in the fall, COSSA holds an Annual Meeting for its members. Invitations are sent to representatives of COSSA’sGoverning Members, Membership Organizations, University, and Research Centers and Institutes. Key Washington policy makers including Presidential Science Advisers, National Institutes of Health(NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) Directors, and Members of Congress have addressed the gatherings.
On November 4 and 5, COSSA held its annual meeting, the Colloquium on Social and Behavioral Science and Public Policy. The theme of the Colloquium was "Societal, Technological, and Scientific Changes." More than 100 people attended to participate in a program that included panels on America's political institutions, changes affecting society, changes regarding race, and the press and social science. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as well as major figures from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Census Bureau, spoke. COSSA's retiring Executive Director, Howard J. Silver, shared some of the lessons of his tenure lobbying for the social sciences. A reception in his honor was sponsored by Sage Publications. COSSA's President, James Jackson, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, presided over the meeting. The PowerPoint slides (from the speakers who used them) are available on the COSSA website.
In 2011, COSSA celebrated (agenda) 30 years of successful advocacy. Ken Prewitt, COSSA's current President, former Census Bureau Director, and a key actor in COSSA's creation, presided over the meeting which featured a look back at the past thirty years, including its political and economic landscape, and the contributions of the social and behavioral sciences to the period’s public policies. The 2011 meeting also took a special look at the current budget-constrained policy era with a focus on future research topics and data collections in these sciences. A celebratory reception was held to honor COSSA’s its founders.
Past meetings have featured panels on Social Science and the Press, How Congress Views Social Science, and at the 2005 meeting Religion in Public Life featuring Representative Rosa De Lauro. In 2001, COSSA held a special symposium for its 20th Anniversary that featured sessions on the contributions of social and behavioral research to public policy. An edited transcript of that meeting is available.