Every year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) hosts the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop, an opportunity sponsored by a coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, and academic organizations for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy.
The spending bills for FY 2017 that include NASA, NSF, and DOE have been approved by the House Appropriations committee and are summarized in this post.
The AAS brought a few members to Washington, DC, to present their National Science Foundation-supported work on Capitol Hill.
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.
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 If an entry appears out of date or if you know of a policy that is not listed here, then please send the information to the Public Policy staff.
Advocating for science comes down to effective communication. The main steps here are determining your message, developing a communication strategy, and identifying your member of Congress.
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.
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.
Statement of Support for Students Applying for the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop
Please use this form to submit your Statement of Support for a student who is applying for the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop.
Please limit your statement to no more than 300-words.
Your statement might include, for example, why this student is a good candidate for the CASE Workshop or how you think this student would benefit from the CASE Workshop.
Student Applications for the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop
The Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop is a 3.5-day workshop held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. During the workshop, participants will learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress or congressional staff.
CVD 2016 Logistics
Please use this form to provide the necessary logistical details.
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.