The AAS Public Policy team makes every effort to regularly communicate with the AAS membership and with policymakers. Occasionally these efforts are formal events at meetings or on the Hill.
Public Policy Tag Definition: Relates to Public Policy, agencies, budgets, Congress, etc.
This page will be updated as frequently as possible to reflect the current policies that are relevant to the astronomical science community. If an entry appears out of date or if you know of a policy that is not listed here, then please send the information to the Public Policy staff.
Whether you want to be convinced or you're looking for some information to help convince your peers, this page is meant to provide some explanation about why we think you should advocate for your science.
As a part of its policy activities, the American Astronomical Society issues statements on policies or proposed policies. These statements are written by the AAS Committee on Public Policy (CAPP), in consultation with AAS Public Policy staff, and are governed by the CAPP's mission, guiding principles, and strategic plan.
The spending bills for FY 2017 that include NASA, NSF, and DOE have been approved by the Senate Appropriations committee, and are summarized within this post.
The American Institute of Physics has introduced a new Federal Science Budget Tracker, a tool to help users monitor federal budgets and appropriations relevant to the physical sciences.
Did you know that the AAS has a Policy Talk program? Learn more about how to have a member of AAS Policy come to your institution for a colloquium about science advocacy and policy.
AAS members from across the US traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal support of science with their members of Congress during our Congressional Visits Day in March 2016.
We've been waiting with great anticipation for the FY 2017 President's Budget Request, and on 9 February 2016, it finally arrived. We'll discuss how the astronomical sciences have fared within NASA, NSF, and DOE.
The AAS will be sending one student to the AAAS-organized CASE Workshop. The application period will be open until 11:59 pm ET 10 March 2016.
This page provides travel and accommodations recommendations and information for Congressional Visits Day volunteers.
The National Science Board recently published Science and Engineering Indicators 2016, which presents data on STEM education, the STEM workforce, federal investment, and public opinions.
The American Institute of Physics has published an analysis of the fiscal year 2016 federal budget focusing on the outcome for the physical sciences and what we might expect for FY 2017.
The 227th meeting of the AAS in Kissimmee, Florida, has wrapped up. If you weren’t able to attend the many policy-related sessions, then let this serve as a summary of the main points from each session. Update: Link to recordings of the plenary sessions has been added.
Are you an AAS member interested in advocating for your science with policy makers? If yes, then you should volunteer for Congressional Visits Day (15-16 March 2016)! Deadline: 22 January 2016.
The negotiations over FY 2016 appropriations are finally complete. NASA's top line is up 7%; planetary and Earth sciences enjoy increases, while astrophysics is flat and heliophysics is down. NSF's top line is up 1.6%.
Different aspects of public policy will be featured at #aas227 in Kissimmee, Florida, during sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 and 6 January. Join us at a plenary or town hall, or at the AAS booth! 4 Jan: Updated location of Advocacy Panel.
If you're interested in working inside the halls of Congress, apply for a Congressional science fellowship through the American Institute of Physics. Application deadline for the 2016-17 term: 15 January 2016.
Use our online form to submit questions for the director of the National Science Foundation, whose plenary talk is on 5 January. Deadline: 18 December.