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SEAD gathering at National Academies
A SEAD Working Group meeting was hosted by the National Academies in Washington DC. on February 2, 2016.
Participants reviewed and shared emerging trends and issues since the NSF/NEA/NEH/Smithsonian hosted
workshops that led to the Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) report, published this year as
"Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation"
(MIT Press, 2015).

Emerging Trends and Issues
We consulted with members of the SEAD network to identify emerging topics, trends, gaps and issues that have been growing in importance during the last five years. This update to the SEAD report opened the agenda.

Emerging Actors and Stakeholders
• We also noted the emergence of new actors and stakeholders' initiatives, including the NAKFI Futures Conference in November 2015, convening communities from the US National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

• In 2015 the European Commission issued the ICT-Arts CONNECT report, launching the STARTS program for funding work in Science, Technology, and the Arts as part of the Europe 2020 program.

• Also in 2015, the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) held a conference on the "Third Space," addressing transdisciplinary exemplars that integrate arts and/or design practices with work and research across other disciplines.

The Innovation Collaborative has been arranging collaborations between professional educator organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association, the National Art Education Association, and the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

As a complement to this encouraging set of initiatives, SEAD convened this Working Group meeting to help us map currently emerging trends, issues, and gaps. We asked participants to contribute to a summary of recent and forward-reaching ideas in their areas. In addition, we sought topics for discussion to gauge what is promising for the SEAD community of collaborators and what may be presenting challenges.

Handouts and documents

SEAD organizers
Carol Strohecker, SEAD network and RISD
Roger Malina, SEAD network and UT Dallas
Robert Thill, SEAD network and The Cooper Union
Carol LaFayette, SEAD network and Texas A&M

Laurie Baefsky, ArtsEngine, a2ru, and University of Michigan
David Beacom, National Science Teachers Association
Perry Collins, National Endowment for the Humanities, Federal Observer
Alphonse DeSena, National Science Foundation, Federal Observer
Greg Dunn, Neuroscientist, Greg Dunn Design
Kristen Engebretsen, Americans for the Arts
Nettrice Gaskins, Boston Art Academy
Luis-Miguel Girao, Science Technology Arts (STARTS), EU
Alexander Gorbach, National Institutes of Health, Federal Observer
Matthew J. Gymer, Wake Forest Baptist Health System
Wendy Hancock, Association of Science - Technology Centers
Margaret Honey, New York Hall of Science
Nickolay Hristov, Center for Design Innovation, Wake Forest University
Benjamin Knapp, Virginia Tech
Carol LaFayette, SEAD network and Texas A&M
Kathi R. Levin, National Art Education Association
Teresa M. Lynch, Mass Economics
Roger Malina, SEAD network and UT Dallas
Marina McDougall, Exploratorium
Denise Mullen, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and Oregon College of Art and Craft
Gunalan Nadarajan, University of Michigan
Bill O'Brien, National Endowment for the Arts, Federal Observer
Lucinda Presley, The Innovation Collaborative
Nagesh Rao, Small Business Administration, Federal Observer
Daniel Rockmore, Dartmouth College
Robert Root-Bernstein, Michigan State University
Tom Rudin, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Heidi Schweingruber, National Research Council
Carol Strohecker, SEAD network and RISD
Brian K. Smith, Drexel University
JD Talasek, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences
Robert Thill, SEAD network and The Cooper Union
Yvan Tina, UT Dallas and Aix-Marseille University
Nicola Triscott, Arts Catalyst, EU
Rieko Yajima, Center for Design Research, Stanford University
Jichen Zhu, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University