Science Policy Events at Fall Meeting 2017

Interested in engaging in policy? Want to know more about how science informs policy? Check out science policy events at Fall Meeting hosted by the Public Affairs team. These events will provide information on how Congress works, give you an insider look into the current political landscape, and offer tools, tips, and opportunities for engaging in policy.

Watch a quick preview of the science policy events you can attend at Fall Meeting 2017! Don’t have time to watch? Here are our slides!


Congressional Visits Workshop

Sunday, 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Hilton Riverside, Second Floor, Cambridge
Congratulations! You’ve scheduled a meeting with your Member of Congress at their local or DC office. Do you know what you’ll need to bring? What to talk about? What to ask for? We’ve got you covered! Join us for a workshop where we’ll outline everything from how to prepare for your visit to maintaining a relationship with your legislator long after you’ve met with them. RSVP here!

One-on-One With an Attorney

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
MCCNO, Second Floor, Room 237
AGU and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund have provided an opportunity for you to have a private meeting with an attorney who works on science litigation. These brief consultations will allow you to ask any legal questions regarding your scientific work. Email to set your appointment.

Science Policy Opportunities for Students

Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M.
MCCNO, Exhibit Hall C, Student Lounge
AGU Public Affairs staff will be available to discuss AGU resources and opportunities for students interested in science policy and answer questions.

Pod Discussions: Science Policy Updates

Monday-Wednesday, 11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M., Thursday, 10:15 A.M.-11:15 A.M.
MCCNO, Outside Registration Area, Pod 9
Join us to learn and discuss science policy updates related to Climate Change, Hazards Policy, Space Policy, Water Policy. Our science policy experts will briefly summarize the latest news and then discuss emerging issues and how scientists can engage on these issues.

Talking Science: Congressional Call-a-thon

Monday & Friday, 12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M; Tuesday, 3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.; Wednesday, 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.; Thursday, 12:30-1:30 P.M.
MCCNO, First Floor, Rivergate Room
AGU needs you! Take a few minutes to call your member of Congress with the help of AGU’s Public Affairs team. We will have contact information, phone scripts, and general moral support. Come out and help amplify science’s voice by telling your legislators why science is essential.

Congressional Science and Mass Media Fellowship Luncheon

Monday, 12:30-1:30 P.M.
Hilton Riverside – Third Floor, Royal
Join us to learn about the AGU Congressional Science and Mass Media Fellowships. You will get information about the fellowship programs, tips for how to apply, and have an opportunity to talk with current and former fellows about their experiences.

Science in Policy: The Cross Section of Labs and Legislation in Louisiana

Monday, 03:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
MCCNO, Second Floor, Room 240 – 241
Join a panel of scientists and policy staff from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to discuss how scientists and federal, state, and local policymakers work together to protect communities, critical energy infrastructure, and natural resources.

Legal Issues for Scientists Interested In Activism

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 A.M.
MCCNO, Second Floor, Room 240-241
Attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will cover practical legal issues that scientists interested in activism should know. Topics will include how to separate personal activism from professional responsibilities, free speech rights and restrictions, public protest guidelines, open records laws, anti-lobbying restrictions for federally-funded scientists, and how scientists should respond if they become political targets.

Science Policy Networking Lounge

Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 P.M.
MCCNO, First Floor, Rivergate Room
Join your colleagues in this special science policy networking opportunity. Whether you are a seasoned science policy veteran or someone who is interested in learning more about science policy opportunities, this is your chance to mingle with other like-minded AGU members and key AGU science policy staff. Light refreshments will be served.

International Science Diplomacy

Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.
MCCNO, Outside Registration Area, Pod 9
An informal policy discussion about international science diplomacy. Join us to learn and discuss current science diplomacy initiatives as well as opportunities in science diplomacy.

Science Policy 101: Back to Basics

Wednesday, 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
MCCNO, Second Floor, Room 240 – 241
Interested in talking about science with your policymakers but don’t know where to start? Understanding the basics of how Congress works will ensure that you can be as effective as possible when engaging with legislators and their staff. In this session, you’ll learn about the ins and outs of Congress, how legislation is created and passed, and hear from Congressional staff themselves about how to engage effectively with legislators.

Scientific Freedom & International Movement

Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:00P.M.
MCCNO, Outside Registration Area, Pod 9
An informal policy discussion about scientific freedom and international movement. Join us to learn and discuss how these issues affecting scientists and institutions around the world and how scientists around the world pushing back at attempts to limit scientists’ research.

Science Policy 201: Critical Policy Decision Points: When and How to Engage Effectively

Thursday, 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
MCCNO, First Floor, Rivergate Room
Understand the Congressional process, but having trouble making the impact you want? Learn about the importance of timing and perseverance in building congressional relationships and achieving policy wins. Join us for a more in-depth look into the policymaking process and opportunities for those looking to make a difference on Capitol Hill.

GeoPolicy Connect: Bridging the Divide Between Policy and Science

Thursday, 3:30-4:30 P.M.
MCCNO, First Floor, Rivergate Room
AGU launched “GeoPolicy Connect” to gather experts across sectors – science and policy, private and public – for meaningful conversations on challenging science policy issues. The 2nd annual GeoPolicy Connect, held in October 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focused on unconventional oil and gas development. This town hall will discuss GeoPolicy Connect and solutions to bridging the science and policy divide.