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Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop

The Spring 2020 CASE Workshop has been cancelled.

Due to the rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 2020 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop in Washington, DC, has been cancelled.

It is with deep regret that we share this information with you. We recognize the hard work that both students and sponsors have put into preparation for this spring’s workshop and do not take the decision to cancel the workshop lightly. AAAS’ decision to cancel this meeting was based on the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the fact that a large number of attendees at this meeting are coming from affected U.S. states, and that an increasing number of institutions – including AAAS – have begun issuing guidelines and restrictions regarding university- or society-sponsored travel.

AAAS CEO Sudip Parikh explained to staff, as well, that AAAS’ policies in response to this novel situation are guided by several overarching goals, including: 1) ensuring the health and safety of AAAS staff, volunteers, and program participants; and 2) avoiding the potential for delays getting home to family and other obligations due to disruption of travel by events such as the cancellation of flights or hastily imposed travel restrictions.

We will follow up via email in the coming days with information on how AAAS will reimburse paid registrations (for payments made both online and via check).

Please reach out to our office at with any questions that we will answer as promptly as we are able. We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.


The 2020 CASE Workshop will take place March 29 - April 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. 

An exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. #MakingOurCASE

This entry-level program is organized to educate STEM students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, to introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers.  The workshop is designed for students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy who want to learn more about science policy. 

Students will participate in a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC. Participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.  In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication. 

On the last day of the program, students will have the option to form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.

See what past CASE students are saying about the workshop on Twitter! #MakingOurCASE


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