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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 are:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SciLine provides timely access to trustworthy, articulate experts for journalists and other communicators producing print, broadcast, or digital stories about science-related issues.


Janaya Thompson

Deputy Chief Program Officer