9:45 AM Coffee
10:00 AM Welcome and Overview of Workshop Goals
Speaker 1: Sean Gallagher, AAAS Government Relations
10:15 AM The State and Local Play: How You Can Advise & Advocate
Speaker 1: Susan Hackwood
States, too, make investments in research and programs requiring scientific inquiry. This session will provide insights
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Why it Matters: An Introduction to U.S. Science and Technology Policy, Funding, and Congress
Speaker: Sean Gallagher, AAAS Government Relations
The U.S. research enterprise, scientific discovery and American innovation have been grounded on the critical foundation of federal investments. This session will introduce you to the complex federal budget process and the competing priories and fiscal challenges that make it difficult to fund the government.
12:45 PM Lunch and Science Policy Fellowship Discussion
Speaker: Melinda Gormley, Research Development Officer of the School of Biological Sciences
Hear from a former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow who spent a year working in the Environment Protection Agency’s Scientific Integrity and Human Subjects Research Programs.
1:30 PM Telling Your Story: Communicating Science Effectively to Policymakers
Speaker: Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer AAAS
Civics class and Schoolhouse Rock cannot prepare you for the reality of policymaking. This candid session will give you a lasting impression of how Congress really works and how to communicate with your elected leaders.
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Opportunities for Advocacy through Nonprofit Work
Speaker: Adriana Bankston, Future of Research & The Journal of Science Policy & Governance
This session will give you a flavor of how engaging with nonprofit organizations can provide opportunities for early career scientists to engage in policy and advocacy around improving the research enterprise in a grassroots fashion.
3:45 PM Wrap Up and Strategy: How to Use What You’ve Learned