Summer Science Policy Opportunities

25 July 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-7

Join us for Geosciences Congressional Visits Day this September

There’s still time to apply for Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD). Geo-CVD brings together Earth and space scientists from several scientific societies for a day of congressional meetings – and a preparatory half-day training workshop the day before.  If you’ve never met with your legislators before, Geo CVD is a great introduction! It is also a chance to learn more about science policy and opportunity to meet with other engaged scientists. Financial support available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so apply today!


Engage Your Legislators This August

In August, Congress members will be back in local communities reconnecting with constituents and addressing local issues. Ensure science is on your legislators’ agenda by scheduling a meeting with them when they are back home. AGU has all the tools you need to make sure your meeting is a success! Still need a little inspiration? Check out Denise Hill’s piece on why “You Should Advocate for Science.”


Upcoming Webinar on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Join us 6 September at 2 pm for a webinar on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Connecting Science and Policy.  This webinar will explore the science behind the connections between these fields, their contribution to a more sustainable and secure future, and the impact of national policies.


Weigh-In on Science Spending Bills

The U.S. House and Senate have each been considering the twelve fiscal year 2019 spending bills that fund all the U.S. federal agencies – including the nation’s science agencies. To date, the House has passed five spending bills and the Senate has passed three. You can still influence federal funding for Earth and space science! Take five minutes to ask your legislator to support strong funding for science and share how science benefits your community and the nation.


Comment on “Censored Science” at EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would exclude research vital to informed decision-making about human health and the environment if that research cannot be evaluated by the public.  Under the proposal, for example, health data with confidential patient information could be excluded from informing environmental health regulations.  Help inform policymakers by submitting a comment before the 16 August deadline!