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 six OSPSP units include:
- 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.
- Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) builds capacity for STEM ecosystems through strategic assessment and impact measurement; peer review systems development and support, early-career innovation and entrepreneurship programs; and short courses.
- 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.
- 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.
Working with the Office of Government Relations and the R&D Budget and Policy Program, the OSPSP plays a leading role in producing the annual Science and Technology Policy Forum and the annual Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy. The Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues delivers clear, concise, and actionable scientific evidence to policymakers and other decision-makers. The Center for Science Diplomacy has been a leader in conceptualizing science diplomacy as a critical aspect of 21st century science and international relations.