A Recap of Science Policy at Fall Meeting

10 January 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-1

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From California Governor Jerry Brown’s remarks, to daily announcements about nominations from the president-elect, and a special session on the election, science policy was on everyone’s mind at 2016 Fall Meeting. Thanks in large part to the new Sharing Science space, AGU was able to host more science policy events than ever and engage with even more members.

Here’s a brief recap of some of AGU’s science policy events:
  • On Monday, 12 December, we hosted an informational luncheon on the congressional science fellowship and the mass media science and engineering fellowship. For those of you who missed the session, check out our Bridge blog for a summary of the questions asked and answered at the session.
  • On Wednesday, 14 December we once again hosted Science Policy 101: A Field Guide to Congress. Audience members heard from AGU’s current congressional science policy fellows, a past Congressional Visits Day participant, and our new policy analyst about how to best engage with policymakers and get in involved with science policy. Read our Bridge blog for a recap of the discussion from that session.
  • On Thursday, 15 December, we held Science Policy 201: Advocacy in Action. This session was a case study on how to effectively bring executive and congressional awareness to science policy issues and featured scientists involved in the study of space weather both in and outside of the federal government. Here’s a great read on the session from one of our student bloggers.
  • Throughout the week our student bloggers also wrote pieces on sessions covering geoethics, lessons learned from COP21, and the importance of effective communication.
  • Additionally, on Thursday we held a town hall entitled “GeoPolicy Connect – A New Initiative to Bridge the Science and Policy Divide.” Participants from the inaugural event were on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. The audience also had an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations from the inaugural event and ideas for future events were also solicited.
  • And finally, on Friday, 16 December, we co-chaired “The Up-Goer Five Challenge: A Fun and Radical Way to Distill Your Science,” where scientists use the 1,000 most common words to describe their science. If you missed this exciting and hilarious session, check out the Storify.

Coming up

Resources You Can Use:

Look out for our science policy toolkits next week. Resources will include everything from how to stay up-to-date on science policy news to how to meet your policymakers, and who you should be following on social media.


Look out for our 2017 webinar series, Back to Basics: Advocating for Yourself and Your Science. More details to follow.