Science Policy and Advocacy Careers

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What is Science Policy?

From UCSF Synapse article by Steven Moss: “Dr. Keith Yamamoto, the vice chancellor for science policy and strategy at UCSF, describes science policy work as, “any pronouncement… on science education, practice, ethics, communication, application, or social impact.”” The American Chemical Society (ACS) describes those that work in science policy as liaisons between policymakers and scientists. Find out more from American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Policy Fellow Geoffrey Hunt’s experiences doing work in science policy.

Why is science policy so important? Check out this article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discussing this very question and this article from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that breaks down the funding for science and technology as of August 2017.

Keep up on the latest science policy news from The Guardian.

    Get Experience:

    Perform a real job task in policy and advocacy through a job simulation

    The best way to pursue this career is to apply for and win a postdoctoral fellowship in science and technology policy advising. Some fellowships are listed below. 

    Additional fellowship lists:

    Other science policy programs from AAAS


    You may also want to consider a Science Policy degree program. Here are a few examples of Science and Technology Policy Degree Programs:

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