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The National Science Board will hold a hybrid meeting February 21 - 22, 2024

The meeting will include a presentation on NSF’s role in the future of Artificial Intelligence, a discussion with NSF’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and an update from the NSB-NSF Commission on Merit Review

February 15, 2024

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold a hybrid meeting February 21 - 22, 2024 to address science and engineering policy issues relevant to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Details are below and the agenda provides a high-level overview.


Wednesday, February 21


From 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. NSB Chair Dan Reed and NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan will give updates on recent activities, highlight a recent trip to Antarctica by several NSB members, and recognize Black History Month, including a tribute to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and former NSF Director John Slaughter, both of whom recently passed away.

NSF’s Tess DeBlanc-Knowles, Staff Associate for Technology Policy & Strategy and Michael Littman, Division Director, Division on Information and Intelligent Systems will give an overview of the agency’s role in the future of Artificial Intelligence.

From 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. the External Engagement Committee will give an update on NSB’s engagement strategy, and the Science Engineering Policy Committee will lead discussion of the policy brief NSB will release together with the congressionally mandated State of U.S. Science and Engineering report on March 13. The committee will also discuss a future vision to continue enhancing the accessibility and value of Indicators reports. The National Security and Talent Development working groups will share highlights of their work.

Charles Barber, NSF’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will present and discuss agency initiatives to foster diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

From 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. NSF will give an update on addressing issues identified in the Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) report.



From 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. the Board will meet in closed session to further discuss SAHPR issues and the fiscal year 2025 budget request.


Thursday, February 22:


From 9:00 - 10:05 a.m. The Board will hear from and discuss the work of the NSB-NSF Commission on Merit Review, followed by a discussion about the Antarctic Support Contract during an open meeting of the Awards and Facilities Committee.



From 10:05 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. the Board’s agenda includes closed reports from the Awards and Facilities, Oversight, and Strategy committees and from the NSB-NSF Commission on Merit Review. NSF’s fiscal year 2025 annual performance plan, Extremely Large Telescopes, and NSF’s pilot programs to include Broader Impacts experts on Committees of Visitors, are among the topics that the Board will discuss. During Executive Plenary Closed, the Director will give organizational updates.


External guests may attend open sessions virtually or in-person. In-person visitors should email their name as it appears on their photo ID, along with affiliation, at least 24 hours in advance to


About the National Science Board

The National Science Foundation Act of 1950 charged the NSB with two roles: governing board of the NSF and advisor to Congress and the President on policy matters related to STEM research and STEM education. Selected for their distinguished service and accomplishments in academia, government, and the private sector, the Board’s 24 presidentially appointed members are leaders in STEM research and education.

Media Contact: Nadine Lymn, National Science Board, (703) 292-2490,

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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