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1 Daniel Poux Associate Director Science & Technology Policy Fellowships American Association for the Advancement of Science Science for Policy & Policy for Science

2 Science for Policy vs. Policy for Science Different ways to plug into “science policy” matrix Critical skills for navigating the science/policy intersection Fellowship opportunities at AAAS and elsewhere Former Fellow panel discussion Q&A

3 Trained Scientists Help Policymakers in Two Main Ways Improving and implementing the technical education, research, or development process Informing policy-makers’ decisions They leverage their expertise and understanding of how research and development happens. 1 They perform general or technical analysis based on their skills and expertise. 2 “Using Science to Aid Policy Decisions” “Making Policy to Aid Scientific Progress”

4 Scientists Can Perform Different Types of Policy Work Advocacy Program Management Coordination Research You can fill more than one role in a single job

5 Examples of Possible National Security Roles for Scientists Program Management ResearchCoordinationAdvocacy Policy to Aid Science Award and Manage Defense Department grants Study how the Defense Department should best support basic research Coordinate an international collaboration to research new technology to detect terrorists Advocate for additional funding for redirection of former Soviet weapons scientists Science to Aid Policy Make decisions on which capabilities are feasible to include on a new fighter plane Research what technologies foreign nations are developing to support their militaries Coordinate a meeting to decide which military-related technologies will be export-controlled Perform technical analysis to convince lawmakers not to pursue development of “bunker-buster” bombs

6 Program Management ResearchCoordinationAdvocacy Policy to Aid Science Science to Aid Policy

7 Other Hot Issues in Policy for Science Funding after the stimulus Transformative research Conflicts of interest Scientific misconduct Working with human subjects Animal Welfare Pipeline of researchers Visas for foreign scientists

8 You Will Need a Broad Set of Skills: Very strong oral communication ability Compelling written communication style Effective interpersonal relations Flexibility in work topics and roles Ability to “understand the big picture” Organization Ability to Multi-task

9 How to Decide Whether to Embark on a Science Policy-Related Career Decide what you enjoy doing, are good at, and where you want to live Identify places Meet and talk with people Career counseling Personality assessment Capability assessment Values assessment Federal Agencies National Labs Government Contractors Think Tanks, Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations Ask them about their work & for their feedback and advice “Big picture thinking” “Oral and Written Communication” “Global issues of importance”

10 How to Make the Transition (or Try It Out) Apply directly to a government agency or NGO for a policy position Find a technical position in an agency or national lab that also does policy work, then later transition within the organization Transition by participating in one or more of the available fellowships designed to attract scientists and engineers

11 12-week fellowships at the National Academies in Washington Open to current grad students & post-docs All scientific disciplines include engineering, social science & medicine Open to non-citizens in several visa categories or with permanent residency

12 One-year fellowships in the California State Legislature Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or a M.S. in engineering plus three years of experience Some non-citizens may be considered Not limited to California residents

13 Daniel Poux Associate Director AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships


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