Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy

The AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP) is appointed by the Association's Board of Directors. Members serve for a term of three years, beginning after the AAAS Annual Meeting (usually in mid- to late-February). The purpose of the Committee is to foster improved policy making on issues involving science and technology. It seeks to serve this purpose by several means:

  • by convening groups to provide advice and guidance to organizations involved in the policy making process, including (but not limited to) Congress and the executive branch agencies of the federal government;
  • by stimulating, commissioning, overseeing, and disseminating studies and analyses of issues in science, engineering, and public policy; and
  • by promoting reasoned and balanced policy discussions and debate among contending points of view on such issues.

The committee reviews the Association’s public policy activities, alerts AAAS to S&T policy issues that its members see coming over the horizon, oversees the annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy as well as the annual AAAS reports on federally supported R&D, and sponsors other activities such as symposia and workshops at the AAAS Annual Meeting to help scientists and engineers communicate more effectively with policymakers. COSEPP meets twice during the year, once in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting in February and once in Washington, DC. In addition, the committee holds a half-day teleconference in the summer.

Committee Members

Sharon L. Hays (Acting Chair)

Susan B. Butts
Independent Consultant

James P. Collins
Arizona State University

Robert Cook-Deegan
Duke University

Kaye Husbands Fealing
National Academy of Sciences

David Goldston
Natural Resources Defense Council

Martha Krebs
University of California, Davis

Julia Melkers
Georgia Institute of Technology

Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti
Harvard University

Michael R. Nelson
Bloomberg Government

Anthony (Bud) Rock
Association of Science-Technology Centers

David S. Weir
University of Delaware

Alan I. Leshner (Ex Officio)

Edward Derrick (Staff Officer to the Committee)