Forums, Roundtables, and Standing Committees
Forums and roundtables of the Health and Medicine Division’s (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine bring together leaders in government and industry, scientists and other experts from academia, practitioners, representatives of public interest groups, and consumers. HMD offers a neutral venue, in which individuals of goodwill from diverse perspectives can gain shared understanding and fresh insights during open dialogue on complex and diverse topics. If a topic matters in an important way to health, sooner or later it will find a place on the agenda of the Health and Medicine Division.
Types of HMD Activities
HMD undertakes many different types of activities:
: The consensus study process entails deliberations by a committee regarding a specific request from the study’s sponsor(s). After discussing the issue and coming to consensus, the committee issues a report to the public on the topic.
Stand Alone Workshop
: A stand alone workshop brings together stakeholders from a host of backgrounds to discuss important health issues in an open forum. Workshops may result in workshop summaries and reports, but these reports may not issue recommendations.
: A standing committee, composed of experts in their field, guides the work of HMD on a relatively narrow subject area but does not issue reports. Standing committees may be established for unspecified terms, anticipating a sponsors' need for continuing advice.
Forums and Roundtables
: Forums and roundtables provide both a mechanism and a venue for convening a diverse group of individuals to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in a neutral setting. Meetings held by forums and roundtables may result in workshop summaries.