January 2019

9 January 2019
AGU Science Policy Alert 19-1

Be a Voice for Science

AGU’s Voices for Science program is designed to give those with an interest in science policy and communication the unique opportunity to hone their skills, conduct outreach within their own communities, and connect with like-minded scientists. Applications due 1 February. Learn more and apply today.

Climate Science Congressional Visits Day

Hosted by AGU in conjunction with other scientific societies, this Congressional Visits Day connects climate experts with their legislators to ensure policy makers have the best possible climate science information available to them from trusted sources.

This year’s event will take place on 12-13 March 2019. Participants will attend a half-day workshop on Tuesday and meet with their legislators on Wednesday.Email sciencepolicy@agu.org if you are interested in participating or for more information. Sign-ups due by 12 February.

Work on Capitol Hill for a Year

AGU is now accepting applications for the 2019–2020 AGU Congressional Science Fellowship program. The fellowship offers young scientists the opportunity to work in science policy in Washington, D.C. The AGU-sponsored fellow spends one year in the personal office of a member of Congress, or on a Congressional committee. Fellows’ responsibilities may include writing legislation, preparing for Congressional hearings, and meeting with lobbyists and constituents.=

All application materials are due by 15 January 2019Visit the AGU website for more information on the fellowship, application requirements, and profiles of past fellows.

AGU members are also eligible for the Congressional Science Fellowship sponsored by American Geosciences Institute and are encouraged to apply to that fellowship as well.

No Relief from Government Shutdown

Agencies like NASA, NOAA, NSF, and USGS remain largely shuttered as a result of the U.S. government shutdown, creating hardships for science, scientists, and the American public depending on that science. Yet, the timeline for when the government will reopen remains unclear, as Congress and the Administration remain at a stalemate.

AGU strongly opposes the shutdown and will be letting Congress know of the many consequences to science and to our communities. In the meantime, please take 5 minutes to contact your legislators about the devastating impact of the shutdown on the scientific community and to ask them to allow scientists back to work as soon as possible. If you are directly affected, please also tell them how the shutdown is hurting you and your science.