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Scientific community/Science policy

Just like it’s never too late to get involved in science policy and advocacy, it’s never too early! STEM students and early career researchers are essential voices to have at the table, and whether or not you are interested in pursuing a career in science policy, there are many ways to get involved.

Scientists and engineers are crucial to science policy, and as with any skill, practice makes perfect. We’ve collected resources for how to hone your skills and get better at advocacy.

AAAS advocates on behalf of the STEM community, and we invite scientists and engineers to get involved, too, because it is essential for legislators to hear your voices. However, learning about the workings of Congress and the legislative process can be overwhelming. Looking for a place to start? Check out the resources below. 

The Office of Government Relations (OGR) provides timely, objective information to Congress on current science and technology issues, and it helps the science and engineering community to work effectively with legislators.

The Office of Government Relations (OGR) advocates on behalf of AAAS and the scientific and engineering community to ensure robust and sustained science funding; scientific integrity; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the sciences; and science as an international enterprise.

OGR organizes yearly events and collaborates with other programs and initiatives at AAAS — find out more below.

AAAS presented recommendations to the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee on ways to support the research community – including early-career researchers – as it faces challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.