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AAS Public Policy

In order to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the Universe, the American Astronomical Society advocates for policies in support of the astronomical sciences.

Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy

 The mission of the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy is to support and develop policies that advance the astronomical sciences in the United States.

AAS Policy Positions

The AAS articulates its opinion in 3 different ways, council resolutions, policy statements, and sign-on letters. Follow the link to learn more about each of these types of statements and to see lists of past resolutions, statements, and sign-on letters.

Policy Blog

The AAS Public Policy team uses the Policy Blog to communicate with the membership about current events in the science policy world. The blog is written by the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow


The Public Policy team at the AAS directs several programs for astronomers interested in getting involved in public policy in a variety of ways. Here we include more information about these programs.

Advocacy Resources

The Public Policy team at the AAS wants to empower the membership to advocate for their own science. Here we will include information, or links to information, that may be helpful on your advocacy journey.

Policy Resources

Here we include information, ranging from introductory to detailed, about public policy at the AAS.