American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science , also known as “Triple AS” (AAAS), is the world's largest scientific society and publisher of several journals, including Science and Science Advances . The motto is “advance science and serve society” and its mission is scientific progress and worldwide developments for the benefit of mankind. The company is based in Washington, DC


The organization was founded on September 20, 1848 in the US state of Pennsylvania . Its first president was William Charles Redfield and according to its first statute the aim of the society was to promote scientific dialogue and scientific cooperation through regular meetings.

At the beginning the society had only 87 members, but this number increased rapidly and by 1860 (at the time when the American Civil War broke out) it had over 2000 members. Since then this number has grown even further and today the organization, according to its own information, comprises over 272 other associations and 10 million individuals.

In contrast to the National Academy of Sciences , the AAAS is open to anyone as a member. Fellows, however, are appointed.

Since 1985 the Society has awarded the AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize for services to science in the USA.

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