The Public Policy team at the American Astronomical Society directs several programs for astronomers interested in getting involved in public policy in a variety of ways. Follow the links below to learn more about these programs.
Each year, the AAS participates in a Congressional Visits Day organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. This event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year's event will take place on 17-18 March 2015. Sign ups for 2015 are now closed.
The John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship was created in 2006 to provide an opportunity for early career astronomers to gain experience in the world of science policy and serves to augment the policy advocacy programs of the society. The Bahcall Fellowship is currently a one-year postdoctoral level appointment, renewable for a second year. The application form is open now through 31 March 2015; see page linked above for details!
Local visits with your member of Congress can have a more profound impact then visiting them at Capitol Hill. A local visit with your member of Congress is when you schedule an appointment with him or her during Congressional recess when they are back in their state. Please consider scheduling a meeting with your member of Congress.
Interested in hearing about science policy from your AAS Executive Office staff? The AAS will share expenses for a member of the AAS EO staff to come out for a colloquium or more informal talk about science policy and our AAS advocacy efforts.