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Communicating Science to Policy-Makers

How can scientists and engineers help shape science policy? Is this task becoming increasingly complicated in the current political climate? This session encompassed an overview on the basics of government relations in support of the scientific enterprise, including do’s and don’ts, tips about timing, working individually or with organizations, and how to deal with “pushback.” See also a AAAS publication, Working with Congress: A Scientist's Guide to Policy Making.

Moderator: Chad English, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS)


  • Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan: “Communicating Science in Politicized Environments”
  • Bina Venkataraman, Broad Institute of Harvard
  • David Goldston, Natural Resources Defense Council: “Why Can’t They Just Do What’s Right?: Misperceptions and Barriers to Science Communication”

Each speaker’s talk, as well as the question-and-answer session, are provided as separate videos.