Invite an expert from the Science Policy Office to come and speak about the effective use of science to influence policy.
Government leaders and their staff in Washington, DC often lament that they do not hear enough from scientists who depend on federal funding about the importance of scientific research to the nation. The challenge is to make communicating with Washington a part of every scientist’s professional and academic career. The ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Science Policy Office wants to help you rise to the challenge and be a successful advocate, science communicator, and researcher.
Scientific innovation is a critical factor in economic growth. The federal government plays a major role in the national scientific enterprise.
However, federal support for research and development (R&D) is decreasing. Scientists need to understand the complex nature of policy to be an advocate for science. If the science community is not involved, then the science component will be removed from the policy equation.