Here at Trellis, one topic that has become particularly popular is science policy. One of our most active and growing science policy groups is the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) group, which is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to empower the scientific and engineering community to effectively engage in the policymaking process at all levels of government.
Are you interested in learning about engaging with policy?
So far we’ve been taking a closer look at:
U.S. federal funding for the scientific and engineering community:
Check out the recent Trellis live chat with AAAS’ budget experts Matt Hourihan, Josh Shiode, and David Parkes, who shared their analyses of the budget including an analysis that shows this is the toughest budget on science since the early Reagan years.
We discussed how national competitiveness resonated during the Reagan era and explored how emphasizing the importance of investments in science and technology for competitiveness might help this time around as well.
Science policy professional development:
You can learn about ESEP members’ favorite science policy trainings and conferences and fellowship opportunities. If you have a resource to share, please add your preferred policy training, conference, internship, or fellowship program to ESEP’s shared document .
If you can’t do a fellowship or move to DC, join the conversation about other ways to help with science policy experts including Kei Koizumi, who just returned to AAAS after 8 years with the Obama Administration in the Office of Science and Technology Policy!
Working with Congress:
We just started sharing tips and resources for working with Congress. Have you met with any of your elected officials? How did it go? How did you prepare and what would you like to know more about?
ESEP members are sharing their experiences and are excited to hear from others who have built meaningful relationships with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, so please join the discussion.
Keep your eye on ESEP throughout the rest of June!
We will be sharing an exclusive interview with David Goldston, a science policy expert with over 25 years of experience working on Capitol Hill, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and now with MIT’s Washington Office.
Also, be sure to register for the ESEP webinar: Impacting Congress Beyond Phone Calls and Emails: Engaging on Policy on June 29, 2017.
If you are not yet on Trellis and interested in joining ESEP on Trellis please request to join by entering your email address here: http://www.trelliscience.com/ESEP/.