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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!

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
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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

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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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Dr. Fauci, STEM DEI, Comic Con…fellows cover it all

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STPF Alumni Network takes flight in a pilot year 

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STPF 51: Welcoming the new class of fellows

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STEM experts get schooled in civics, Beltway life and all things policy

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2023 in Review: Greetings from the Director

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AAAS Immersive Fellowships – a Changing Landscape

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The STPF@AAAS 2024 Preview

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Four STPF Alumni Improving Public Health from Chicago

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Webinar: First National Primary Drinking Water Standards for Six PFAS

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Exploring How Carbon Credits are Evolving in the Oil and Gas Sector

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
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Can the Voluntary Carbon Credit Market Fund the Energy Transition?

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

PFAS, Sociodemographic Factors and Implications for Communities and Environmental Justice

Office of Communications | Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
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DoSER’s December Dialogues Explores Sleep, Equity and a More Restful Future

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Riley Lecturer Emphasizes Farmer-Focused Innovation

Office of Communications | AAAS Annual Meeting
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AAAS Announces 2024 Award Recipients