Science Policy Events at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting

22 November 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-47

The 2013 AGU Fall Meeting offers many opportunities to explore science policy. This year’s events will give members the tools to communicate with policymakers, respond to legal attacks on their science, and work in Washington, D.C. as an AGU Congressional Science Fellow.

Communicating with Congress Workshop

8 December, 3:30—5:30 P.M. in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, salons 1—3

This workshop helps audience members learn how to communicate their science to local and national policymakers. This a great chance for experienced science communicators and those who have never met with their legislators to develop skills that are useful for congressional visits in their districts or in Washington, D.C. Please check the Fall Meeting website for ticket availability.

Congressional Science and Mass Media Fellowships Luncheon

11 December, 12:30—1:30 P.M., Moscone North, rooms 130—131

Learn more about AGU’s fellowship programs and ask past fellows about their experiences at this luncheon. Congressional Science fellows work on science policy issues for a member of Congress, and Mass Media fellows communicate science for a news organization. This is a very popular event every year, so be sure to arrive as early as possible.

Facing Legal Attack: Scientists Tell Their Stories

12 December, 12:30—1:30 P.M., Moscone North, rooms 130—131

AGU and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) will partner again to educate participants on the legal challenges facing Earth and space scientists. This brown-bag lunch will feature a panel of scientists who have experienced legal repercussions for their work.

One-on-One Availability With an Attorney

9 December—12 December, 8:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M., Moscone South Mezzanine, room 264

CSLDF offers private consultations with an attorney throughout the week to discuss legal questions scientists have about their work. Email to set up an appointment.

Public Affairs Sessions

9 December—13 December

The Public Affairs sessions at the Fall Meeting delve deeper into how science relates to policy. “Adapting to and Mitigating the Impacts of Recent Policy Changes” and “Communicating the Relationship Between Policy Sciences, Natural Hazards, and Global Environmental Change” explore the ways that the policy environment affects science. Learn more about communicating science to stakeholders in “Hydraulic Fracturing: Knowns, Unknowns, and Communication to the Public” and “Social Media for Science: Challenges, Opportunities, and Maximizing Impact Posters.”

2014: A Funding Odyssey Google Hangout

Date and time TBD

Join the Public Affairs team for a Google Hangout on Air discussing the future of funding for science with speakers from government and academia. Event information, including where you can stream the video, will be available shortly on the Fall Meeting event calendar.

In addition to officially scheduled events, the AGU Public Affairs team invites you to stop by the AGU Marketplace in the exhibit hall throughout the week to join AGU’s Expert Outreach Network (AEON), learn more about timely AGU science policy efforts, and meet members of the AGU Public Affairs staff.

As you prepare for this year’s Fall Meeting, consider including science policy events in your schedule. If you have any questions about these events or about how to become involved in future science policy initiatives, send an email to