Sizzling Summer Science Policy

17 August 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-16

Summer is for Science Policy

Interested in science policy but not sure how to get started? Check out The Bridge blog. Each week during District Days, you’ll read about one scientist’s perspective on and experience in science policy.

5-Minute Science Policy Actions

When Congress returns after Labor Day, they will have less than a month to pass all federal spending bills; including funding for NASA, NOAA, NSF, USGS, the Department of Energy, and the EPA.

Send your members of Congress a postcard reminding them why #scienceisessential for your community. Download a postcard or request a bulk order of postcards from

Also consider writing your members of Congress urging them to support robust funding for our nation’s science agencies. AGU’s Policy Action Center makes it easy to send a personal and powerful letter directly to your legislators.

National Science Board Calls for Nominations for New Members

The National Science Board (NSB) is now accepting nominations for the class of 2018–2024 until Wednesday8 September 2017. The 24-member NSB oversees the activities of and establishes the policies for the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is also an advisory body to Congress and the President on policy issues related to science and engineering as well as STEM education. More information and nomination instructions are here 

Upcoming Science Policy Webinar

Congressional committees play an influential role in the legislative process. Take part in this webinar to learn about the role committees play in crafting policies and funding science, how they work, their role in the legislative process, and key ways you can engage to ensure your message is compelling. Join us for Understanding Congressional Committees to Your Advantage on Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register today!

USGS Coalition Reception in Washington, D.C.

Join the USGS Coalition in celebrating the USGS, the nation’s premier natural sciences agency. Learn about the unique biological, geological, geographic, and hydrologic research conducted by the USGS. The reception will be held Tuesday, 12 September 2017 from 5:30–7:30pm in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. RSVP for this event.