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Tuesday, June 05, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
AAAS Workshop: Engaging with Policymakers

Nearly every major issue facing society has science at its core, including economic productivity, healthcare, and climate change. Science and scientists can play an important role in informing decision-making on these issues. This workshop on Engaging With Policymakers offers an overview of the science policy landscape, strategies for effectively engaging policymakers, and the role of science in the policy process. This workshop introduces basic best practices for engaging in dialogue with this target audience at a local, state or national level. Participants identify individual communication goals and develop short messages that will resonate with policy audiences.


For PhDs and postdocs from any discipline with a keen interest in the intersection between science and policymaking. There is limited participation due to the interactive nature of the session. Priority will be given to BEST participants, early registrants, and those closer to the end of their training.


The workshop is based on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology’s Communicating Science Workshops which have trained more than 5,000 people at universities, meetings, and government agencies worldwide since 2008.


Gemima Philippe, is a Communication Associate for the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, which encourages and facilitates dialogue between policymakers, the public, and the scientific community. Prior to joining AAAS, Gemima worked with both federal and private sector clients to promote occupational health and health communication services as well as with volunteer organizations to promote adolescent health. She holds a Master’s in Public Health Marketing and Communication (George Washington University) and a Bachelor’s in Communication (University of Maryland).


Through discussion, self-reflection, small group work, and practice sessions, the workshop will focus on the importance of effective communication that clearly conveys scientific concepts. We encourage workshop participants to think about how content applies to their own work and future communication opportunities.

Please register.  Due to room capacity and hands-on nature of the workshop registration will be limited. It will be independent of registration to the Pathways to Success Symposium held on June 6, where a second AAAS seminar on using social media to communicate your research will be held for the entire attendance. The Engaging the Public with Social Media (on June 6) module covers the latest research on use of social media, including why and how scientists can use it to engage, an introduction to using Twitter, and best practices for engaging in online conversations and using social media metrics. Participants identify their goal and audience, and develop sample tweets.

226 Weill Hall
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