Welcome to Section U!

Welcome to the homepage of Section U, the Statistics section of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). We are one of the 24 sections of AAAS.

Section U promotes understanding of statistics by presenting symposia and sponsoring speakers at AAAS meetings, and by encouraging members and their colleagues to present their work in ways that are understandable to other scientists and to the public. Because the study of statistics is highly interdisciplinary, Section U actively seeks to cooperate with other AAAS Sections in planning symposia.

The 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting will be held in Phoneix, AZ, February 11-14, 2021, and the theme is Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems. Describing this theme:

We are embedded in a variety of ecosystems, including the environments that we inhabit and the many social systems in which we live and work. Finding ways of maintaining the stable balance of these ecosystems in the face of rapidly changing circumstances is critical for our advancement. Drawing on a multitude of scientific perspectives, this Annual Meeting seeks to feature diverse ways of understanding the complexities and dynamics of biological, physical, social, and economic systems across scales, as well as strengthening and activating new connections to address underlying problems in various spheres. These challenges facing contemporary society will provide the opportunity to creatively harness science, engineering, technology, and policy to promote sustainable change.