Under the leadership of Executive Director Peg Kay, the Washington Academy of Sciences and its Affiliated Societies hosted a series of conferences called Capital Science (or Cap Sci) beginning in 2004. These conferences were intended to showcase the panoply of scientific research in the Washington DC area.
The first Cap Sci was held on the week-end of March 20-21, 2004 at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The conference certainly lived up to its intention. Twenty-six organizations participated, running the gamut of physics to history, biology to chemistry, engineering to evolutionary systems, and all stops in between. It provided a dialog on Science, Ethics, and Religion, looked at women’s issues, and saw what young scientists could do. The president’s science advisor, the past and current directors of NSF, and the former Chancellor of the University of Maryland all took their turns on the podium; and Nobel laureate William Phillips delivered an enthralling talk. The NSF facilities and the NSF staff were superb, the food was good, and the conversations memorable.
Subsequent Cap Sci conferences took place in every even year until 2014. Although Executive Director Peg Kay retired in 2012, it is hoped that the Academy will continue this tradition in future years.
Please follow the links below to see abstracts, photos and/or videos of previous Cap Sci conferences:
Capital Science 2014
Capital Science 2012
Capital Science 2010
Capital Science 2008
Capital Science 2006
Capital Science 2004