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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Reports from the Academies are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academies to address a particular statement of task.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.  Watch this website for information about public meetings.

Learn more about the Academies study process.

Board on Life Sciences

The Board on Life Sciences (BLS) is the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on science, technology, education, and policy in the life sciences. BLS maintains expertise in and understanding of the full spectrum of life science disciplines, from molecular genetics to ecology. This enables the Board to deal with issues of both basic science, such as knowledge gaps, research priorities, needed investments, and policy questions that stem from advances in or applications of the basic science.

Learn more about the Board on Life Sciences