National Academy of Sciences

The Third National Summit on Advanced Illness Care will be held at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences building and is located at 2101 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20418.

The building is located on the far side of the National Mall, past the Lincoln memorial and near the Institute of Peace.

Please note: this venue is different than the Keck Center and the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, both located in Chinatown. 

 

History and Organization of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

To meet the government's urgent need for an independent adviser on scientific matters, President Lincoln signed a congressional charter forming the National Academy of Sciences in 1863 to, "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science."  As science began to play an ever-increasing role in national priorities and public life, the National Academy of Sciences eventually expanded to include the National Research Council in 1916, the National Academy of Engingeering in 1964, and the National Academy of Medicine, which was established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine.

Each Academy consists of members elected by peers in recognition of distinguished achievement in their respective fields.  The National Academy of Sciences includes about 2,100 members, the National Academy of Engineering about 2,000, and the National Academy of Medicine about 1,600.  All three organizations also elect foreign associates.

The Academies are the nation's pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters.  Their peer-reviewed consensus reports bring together the world's foremost scientists, engineers, and health professionals to address some of the society's toughest challenges.  Each year, more than 6,000 of these experts volunteer to serve on hundreds of study committees that are convened to answer specific sets of questions.

Throughout any given year, the Academies also convene hundreds of conferences, workshops, symposia, roundtables, standing committees, and other gatherings that attract the finest minds in academia and the public and private sectors.  These venues for discussion and debate are essential for allowing the scientific process to unfold dozens of proceedings and summaries on these activities are published each year.

 

NAS building

In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences building was completely restored. Through sustainable preservation, the comprehensive rehabilitation and expansion project included the preservation and conservation of the building’s significant historical features while seamlessly integrating systems and infrastructure and sensitively incorporating sustainable strategies and technologies.