and glycan products have applications in health, energy, and materials science.

The committee concludes that integrating glycoscience into relevant disciplines in high school, undergraduate, and graduate education, and developing curricula and standardized testing for science competency would increase public as well as professional awareness.

Roadmap Goals

Within 5 years, integration of glycoscience as a significant part of the science curriculum would include glycoscience as both lecture materials and hands-on experiments or activities.

Within 10 years, glycoscience will be integrated and taught at every level wherever it is relevant to understand the scientific content. Competency in glycoscience could also be included in all standardized testing wherever relevant (for example, as part of the SAT and GRE Subject Tests, the MCAT, and Medical Board Exams).


Glycoscience is a vibrant field filled with challenging problems. It can make contributions toward understanding and improving human health, creating next-generation fuels and materials, and contributing to economic innovation and development. Now is the time for glycoscience to be embraced broadly by the research community. Drawing in members from the full spectrum of chemistry, biology, materials science, engineering, medicine, and other disciplines will be needed to address the technical challenges described here. Although these challenges are substantial and complex, the results of achieving these goals have the potential to impact science in exciting ways.

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