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Programs

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.

Communicating with Washington

Staff on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in Congress often lament that they don't hear enough from scientists who depend on federal funding about the importance of their research to the nation. The AAS aims to help make communicating with Washington a part of every scientist’s professional and academic career.

Congressional Visits Day

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 25 - 26 March 2014. Sign ups for 2014 are now closed; please check back next winter/spring for the 2015 sign-ups!

John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship

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.

Local Visits

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.