Science and AAAS to Sponsor Imagine Science Film Festival

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and its international journal, Science, are partnering with the Imagine Science Film Festival in an effort to bring science to the general public.

It is very exciting to have the backing of Science/AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and its international journal, Science, are partnering with the Imagine Science Film Festival in an effort to bring science to the general public.

AAAS and Imagine Science Films (ISF), a non-profit that hosts the annual science film festival, form a natural partnership: both organizations maintain strong commitments to the successful and accurate dissemination of science to all persons regardless of background. As the Presenting Sponsor for the 2009 Imagine Science Film Festival, AAAS will form a united front with ISF to bring engaging and entertaining science to an even wider audience in New York City in October 2009.

"It is very exciting to have the backing of Science/AAAS," said Alexis Gambis, Artistic Director and Founder of Imagine Science Films. "It adds value to Imagine Science Films and will definitely encourage a greater number of films with credible, original and groundbreaking science to be savored by the general public. We are thrilled that Science and AAAS have joined us as our presenting sponsor."

Dr. Gambis, a scientist/filmmaker, received his PhD from Rockefeller University in June 2008 and will be starting Film School at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in September 2008. He began the Imagine Science Film Festival in 2008 to bridge cultural gaps between scientists and non-scientists, and to show that science can be exciting, interesting, and even artistic. Through the films that Gambis and ISF staff members select to show at the ISFF, science can become all three at once.

"We are pleased to be a part of this unique and important effort around communicating the value of science to all people," said Beth Rosner, Publisher of Science. "AAAS and Science are committed, as part of our mission of advancing science and serving society, to increasing public engagement with science. Participating in the Imagine Science Film Festival is a natural extension of that commitment."

AAAS and Science, which have acted as primary resources for scientists, educators and policy-makers for more than 100 years, provide the latest information and research from a across all disciplines of science, engineering, technology and mathematics, while developing programs that benefit society through the application of science. With their devotion to the strengthening of science knowledge, interest, and education, AAAS will assist ISF as they once again use the medium of film to present accurate "science-in-fiction" and science documentaries to the public at the Imagine Science Film Festival.

All Imagine Science Film Festival screenings are open to the public. For more information, please visit the Imagine Science Films website.

About Science:
Founded in 1880 by Thomas Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science ranks as the world's largest general science journal. Each week, Science provides more than 131,000 global subscribers with peer-reviewed original research, scientific research articles, science and research news, and more.

About AAAS:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science (http://www.sciencemag.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science news website, a service of AAAS.

About Imagine Science Films:
(Imagine Science Films) is a registered non-profit organization committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers. ISF encourages a greater collaboration between scientists who dedicate their lives to studying the world we live in and filmmakers who have the power to interpret and expose this knowledge, ultimately making science accessible and stimulating to a broader audience.

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