About the Academies

012685The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

Each year, thousands of the nation’s top scientists, engineers, and other experts volunteer their time to address pressing problems, often at the government’s request or as a result of federal legislation.  The Academies provide advice in several different forms: written reports reflecting the consensus reached by an expert study committee, symposia and convocations engaging large audiences in discussion, and proceedings from workshops on issues of interest. Reports from the Academies have spurred some of the nation’s most lasting efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of the population.