Science policy

As postdoctoral researchers, we are experts in a particular area of science.  We may engage with the government when it comes time to seek funding and to determine research priorities, but many of us rarely engage with governmental organizations when it comes to communicating about our research expertise or influencing policy decisions.  Though our research may have policy implications, we are often focused on communicating our results with other scientific peers and can be reticent to speak publicly as experts. In this panel, we will hear from scientists, policy-makers, and advocates about what it means to do science policy, how academic and industry scientists can contribute to conversations about policy, and ways for postdocs to develop a career in science policy.