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7 December 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-23

Appropriations Watch

The current continuing resolution (CR), the spending bill that funds the government at the previous fiscal year’s level, is set to expire on 8 December. While both the House of Representatives and Senate have yet to act, it’s expected that both chambers will pass another CR that gives them a few more weeks to agree on both a top-line budget deal as well as spending allocations for federal agencies and programs.

Fall Meeting will be packed with science policy events. We hope you’ll join us there!

Daily Events

  • Fill out a Science is Essential Postcard for your legislator. Tell your legislators why science is essential for your community and AGU will share your story not only with other AGU members but also your legislators. We’ll also have international postcards available!
  • Join us in the Sharing Science Room for a Congressional Call-a-thon! For an hour every day of the meeting, you can join us to call members of Congress to talk to them about science.
  • AGU and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund are happy to once again offer One-on-One with an Attorney. During these 30-minute sessions you can ask lawyers questions you may have regarding your scientific work.
  • Look out for our policy updates in a pod outside of the registration area. Our policy team will be discussing the Administration, trends, and legislation throughout the week. Our schedule is: Monday – Climate Change; Tuesday – Natural Hazards; Wednesday – Space Policy; Thursday – Water Policy.

Sunday

  • Join us for a science policy workshop where you’ll learn everything you need to know to meet with your legislators. We’ll also have a hands-on session where public affairs staff will help you craft a message about the issues you care about in a way that will resonate with policymakers. RSVP today! (1:00-5:30pm, Hilton Riverside, Second Floor, Cambridge Room)

Monday

  • Interested in being a Congressional Science Fellow or Mass Media Fellow? This lunch event is for you! Hear from former fellows and learn more about the application process. (12:30-1:30pm, Hilton Riverside, Third Floor, Royal Room) Reminder: The 2018-2019 Congressional Science Fellowship application is open now! (Deadline: 15 January 2018)
  • Hear from staff at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) about how scientists and policymakers work together to protect communities, infrastructure, and natural resources at our Science in Policy: The Cross Section of Labs and Legislation in Louisiana event. (3:00-4:00pm, New Orleans Convention Center, Second Floor, Room 240-241)

Tuesday

  • At Legal Issues for Scientisits Interested in Activism you will hear from attorneys at the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union about the guidelines for and rights of scientists when engaging in activism. (10:00-11:00am, New Orleans Convention Center, Second Floor, Room 240-241)
  • Join us in the Science Policy Networking Lounge to meet other scientists interested in science policy and learn more about current science policy opportunities. (12:00-1:30pm, New Orleans Convention Center, First Floor, Rivergate Room)
  • What is science diplomacy? Who’s doing It? And how can I get involved? Learn the answers to these questions and more during our International Science Diplomacy discussion. (2:00-3:00 pm, New Orleans Convention Center, Registration Area, Discussion Pods)

Wednesday

  • Join us for Science Policy 101: Back to Basics. Our panel of experts will talk you through everything you need to know to start getting active in science policy. (12:15-1:15pm, New Orleans Convention Center, Second Floor, Room 240-241)
  • Join us for a discussion on Scientific Freedom and International Movement to learn how these rights can be limited and what some scientists are doing to push back against those limitations. (2:00-3:00 pm, New Orleans Convention Center, Registration Area, Discussion Pods)

Thursday

  • If you’re past the basics but still don’t feel like you’re making the science policy impact you want to, join us at Science Policy 201 for a more in-depth look at the policy process and what’s considered a policy win. (11:30-12:30pm, New Orleans Convention Center, First Floor, Rivergate Room)
  • GeoPolicy Connect, an AGU initiative that incldues regional workshops intended to break down the barriers between science and policy, is hosting a town hall. Join us for GeoPolicy Connect: Bridging the Divide Between Policy and Science to learn about outcomes from the event, and how you can get involved in future work building a database of cumulative impacts from unconventional oil and gas extraction. (3:30-4:30pm, New Orleans Convention Center, First Floor, Rivergate Room)