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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.


How to effectively communicate with Congress

Science communication is integral to advocacy. Ensuring your message is heard requires an understanding of your audience and the ability to tailor your communication style to that audience. AAAS offers science communication workshops and a free communication toolkit, both great ways to get started. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology also has a Public Policy Communication Toolkit. Follow the AAAS @_SciComm Twitter account for more resources.


How to write policy memos

Writing is another important tool in an advocate’s toolbox. Policy memos, or briefs, lay out a concise written case for a policy recommendation. To learn more about this writing style, visit this page to view a series of JSPG workshops on science policy writing, and watch the video below of a workshop led by Erin Heath, AAAS Director of Federal Relations, in conjunction with NSPN.


Build your knowledge about different areas of science policy

In early 2021, JSPG held a series of webinars featuring experts on policy areas ranging from public health to STEM student training. Click here to view the entire series.


Opportunities for Students and Early Career Researchers

Visit this resource page to find opportunities for undergraduate and graduate STEM students and early career researchers to get involved in science policy.


Looking for more?

Other organizations, like the Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN), Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition, National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), often host workshops and produce resources for those interested in science advocacy. Also check out ESEP's S&T Policy Resource page and the Union of Concerned Scientists' Scientist Advocacy Toolkit for more great resources.