Scientists and politicians come from two vastly different cultures with their own languages, their own values, and their own decision-making methods. Yet they have to communicate on some of the world’s most pressing issues. This requires willingness on both sides to consider the other’s priorities and to cooperate on developing solutions.
Scientists must work with Congress because they have knowledge and expertise that policymakers lack—just as scientists lack the expertise of policymakers. By working with Congress, scientists can ensure that policy decisions are made with an understanding of their scientific foundations and implications.
Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body Politic  by Cornelia Dean, New York TimesOften Distant From Policy Making, Scientists Try to Find a Public Voice  by Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher EducationLet Science Inform Policy  by Anthony Fauci, NatureHow to Lose Your Political Virginity While Keeping Your Scientific Credibility  by David Blockstein, Bioscience