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The Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs (OSPSP) serves society, government, and the research community through a diverse set of activities. Its programs address several objectives of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), including furthering the work of scientists, improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and fostering scientific freedom and responsibility. The OSPSP units include:

  • The Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology provides scientists with communication resources, and it also facilitates dialogue between scientists and the public about the benefits, limits, and implications of science.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) provides tools that expand access to STEM education, strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce, and amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices within STEM
  • 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.
  • Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law (SRHRL) 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.
  • SciLine provides timely access to trustworthy, articulate experts for journalists and other communicators producing print, broadcast, or digital stories about science-related issues.
  • STEM Education (STEM Ed) develops STEM opportunities for students, educators, families and the public. The work supports strengthening and diversifying the STEM pipeline and creating pathways of interest, engagement and learning that will lead to a strong and diverse STEM workforce and scientifically literate public.


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Marietta Damond

Deputy Chief Program Officer

Janaya Thompson

Director, Program Finance and Administration

Maysaa Alobaidi

Manager, Research and Evaluation

Visiting Scholars

AAAS is pleased to announce its new Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a unique opportunity for scientists, policy specialists, and other experts to further their scholarly endeavors for up to one year at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Through a competitive selection process, AAAS seeks to host the best talent in the field, which will enrich the Visiting Scholar’s own work and the ability of AAAS to fulfill its mission. 

For more information and the opportunity to apply to this program, click here. You can also visit the Visiting Scholar FAQ page. 

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