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2023 CASE Workshop Agenda

2023 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop Agenda

March 26-29, 2023

Yours Truly DC Hotel 

1143 New Hampshire Ave NW 

Washington, DC 20037 


Sunday, March 26, 2023

4:00 pm - Registration Opens


5:00 pm           

Welcome and Introduction to Science & Technology Policy

Joanne Padrón Carney, Chief Government Relations Officer, AAAS


Introduction to U.S. Science and Technology Policy 

Toby Smith, Senior Vice President for Science Policy & Global Affairs, Association of American Universities

  • This session will introduce you to the history of S&T Policy, the different cultures of science and policy, and ways that advocates build bridges between the two worlds. 


6:30 pm - Networking Reception

8:00 pm - Adjourn


Monday, March 27, 2023

8:00 am - Continental Breakfast

9:00 am- Welcome and Overview of Workshop Goals


9:15 am

Meet with AAAS CEO

Sudip Parikh, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS


10:00 am

The State of Science Policy

David Goldston, Director, MIT DC Office

  • The world of science policy shifts as political players change, bringing new challenges and opportunities. At the same time, the scientific enterprise itself may introduce its own challenges that could impact policy and politics. We’ll hear from an S&T policy expert on the outlook for science policy.  


11:00 am - Break


11:15 am

Federal Budget Process, Part I

Alessandra Zimmermann, Writer/Analyst, R&D Budget and Policy Program, AAAS

  • The U.S. research enterprise, scientific discovery and American innovation have been grounded on the critical foundation of federal investments. This session will introduce you to the complex federal budget process and the competing priorities and fiscal challenges that make it difficult to fund the government.


12:45 pm - Lunch (Review budget activity during lunch hour)


1:45 pm

Federal Budget Process, Part II

Alessandra Zimmermann, Writer/Analyst, R&D Budget and Policy Program, AAAS 

  • Students will be given an example of a CJS budget and work in teams to negotiate spending allocations. NOTE: Bring your laptop for this online exercise.  


3:00 pm - Break


3:15 pm 

Congress: Its Structure and Processes

Molly Reynolds, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution


5:00 pm End of Session

6:00 pm - Dinner (on your own)


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

8:00 am - Continental Breakfast


9:00 am 

Introduction to OSTP: Role and Impact to S&T Policy

Ryan Donohue, Health Science Policy Analyst, NIH; Senior Policy Advisor, OSTP (2020 – 2022)


10:00 am

How Congressional Offices & Committees Operate

  • This discussion will serve as an opportunity to understand the various roles that congressional staff play and the difference between those who work in House versus Senate as well as the differences between personal offices and committee offices.


11:15 am  - Break


11:30 am

Federal Agency Perspectives

Alicia Brown, Associate Administrator, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, NASA

Lyric Jorgenson, Acting Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH

Chloe McPherson, Government Affairs Specialist, NSF

Ali Nouri, Assistant Secretary, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, DOE

Moderator: Joanne Padrón Carney, Chief Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • What is it like to work in a federal research agency? In the second of our sessions focused on the executive branch, hear from science policy professionals about the jobs they do, the issues they cover, and how their work fits into the broader S&T policy landscape.  


12:30 pm - Lunch


1:45 pm

Communicating Science with Policymakers

Elizabeth Suhay, Associate Professor, Department of Government, American University


2:45 pm

How to Have a Successful Hill Visit

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS Office of Government Relations

  • This session will focus on how to have a successful Hill visit, including what to say in your congressional visits.


4:00 pm - Break


4:15 pm

Preparing for your Hill Visits, Wrap up and Strategy Session

  • Discussion on messaging for your Hill visits, and time to break into university groups to plan and practice for your Hill visits. Final thoughts about how to use what you’ve learned once you get back to campus.


5:30 pm - Adjourn


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

All Day

Congressional Visits

Congressional office visits are optional and should be organized by your sponsoring institution.


4:00 pm

Post-Mortem Meet-Up at Hawk & Dove  

Corner of 1st & D Streets SE at the Capitol South Metro Station (Orange/Blue/Silver Lines)

  • All students are invited to meet for drinks at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole to discuss how your Hill visits went.  AAAS staff will be available starting at 4:00 pm


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

12:00 pm ET

VIRTUAL SESSION: Post-Mortem Discussion & How to Engage in Policy

Erin Heath, Director of Federal Relations, AAAS Office of Government Relations