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Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs

The Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs (OSPSP) furthers the strategic goals of AAAS through a diverse set of activities. Our programs engage scientists, students, policymakers, the legal community, journalists, faith communities, and others as we work towards a more diverse and inclusive STEM community, a foundation of trust among scientists and communities, and policy informed by scientific evidence. The OSPSP units are:

  • Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) offers opportunities for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy in Washington, DC.
  • The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places STEM students at media organizations nationwide, giving them experience in science communication and bringing accurate science stories to the public.
  • SciLine provides timely access to trustworthy, articulate experts for journalists and other communicators producing print, broadcast, or digital stories about science-related issues.
  • Inclusive STEM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED) collaborates with cross-sector partners to understand, deconstruct, evolve, and reimagine inclusive systems, structures, and organizations to support full representation of all people in STEM.
  • The Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion (DoSER) builds on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large. DoSER facilitates meaningful communication between the scientific and religious communities.
  • The Center for Science Diplomacy aims to build bridges between communities, societies, and nations through closer interactions between science and diplomacy and elevate the role of science in foreign policy to address national and global challenges.
  • The Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) delivers clear, concise, and actionable scientific evidence to policymakers and other decision-makers.
  • The Center for Scientific Responsibility and Justice addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct of science and its application, such as applying science and technology to document human rights violations and promoting responsible research practices

See below for some of the recent work our programs have done!

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2023 Chat Series: Chat With AAAS S&T Policy Fellows

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Meet the fellows at STPF’s new host agency, the Treasury Department

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Tips for applicants from the new STPF recruitment director

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Lifetime honors: STPF alum who are now AAAS Fellows

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Webinar: First National Primary Drinking Water Standards for Six PFAS

Office of Communications | AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
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AAAS Announces 2023 Mass Media Fellows

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STPF turns 50 at the AAAS Annual Meeting

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Jacobs' Challenge lets STPF alumni and others double their impact

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FESI: A bill becomes law – with the help of STPF fellows

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White House moves to strengthen scientific integrity

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AAAS Annual Meeting to celebrate 50 years of STPF and science policy

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Four Chemists Receive 2023 Marion Milligan Mason Award

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
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Riley Memorial Lecture: Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Pest Control and Biodiversity

Office of Communications
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AAAS Unveils Center for Scientific Responsibility and Justice

Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion

Celebrating All That We Are: A Conversation on Sex, Gender, and Identity

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A new chapter: In its 50th year, STPF will activate large network of alumni

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STPF@50: Partner societies bring science to policy for half a century

Office of Communications | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs
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AAAS Awarded Nearly $20M to Establish Three Distinct Initiatives Supporting Representation in STEMM Fields

Center for Science Diplomacy

A Decade of Science & Diplomacy

Office of Communications | Inclusive STEMM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED)
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Five L’Oréal Fellows Awarded Funding to Conduct Research and Mentor the Next Generation of Women in STEM

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Northwest

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Advances in PFAS Destruction

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships | Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs

STPF Live Chat October 2022: 50 years of STPF: Ask a Fellow Anything

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How to Make Your STPF Application Stand Out

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STPF ushers in 50th anniversary with its largest fellowship class

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships | Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs

STPF Live Chat September 2022: STPF Application & Interview: Advice and Walkthrough

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Southwest

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships | Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs

STPF Live Chat August 2022: STPF Program Area Musketeers

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
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Webinar Series Examines Potential of Green Infrastructure

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Five fellows kick off the 2022 STPF Live Chat Series

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STPF Live Chat July 2022: Policy Interest to Policy Influencer

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
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Mobile Voting is Not the Answer to Low Turnout and Disenfranchisement

Office of Communications | Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
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Katy Hinman to Lead AAAS’ Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion