We are proud to introduce our Ambassador Spotlight Series! Over the next few months, we will highlight each team of our inaugural JSPG ambassadors, starting with our Outreach team of ambassadors: Leila Chiddick, undergraduate at UCLA, and Dan Bui, an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge.
Q: What brought you to JSPG?
LC: My major is Global Studies, but also looking into minoring in Public Health and Disability studies. I found my interest in science policy last year through UCLA Science Policy group. From there I’m still learning about science policy, and the difference between more the legal side of science and healthcare law. So that's where my interest in JSPG began and where my educational path is leaning right now.
DB: I spent a few months working with an NGO in Berlin working on digital technologies for healthcare access in rural Madagascar, during which I watched the process of academic research using the NGO’s findings from their trials. This research made me think about the limited opportunities for young scientists and policy professionals to publicize their research and I came to the JSPG from my enthusiasm about its ethos of the democratization of publication opportunities.
Q: What is your group’s current project? How do each of you work within your group?
DB: We work in outreach and our main goal is to raise awareness of JSPG, whether that be by encouraging fellowships and science policy groups to list JSPG on their resources pages on their websites or getting in touch with student societies and university faculties directly. Coming from the UK, I’m much more familiar with British and European university systems and the professional opportunities students here look for, so that’s where I’m concentrating my outreach work.
LC: Dan is in the UK and I'm in California, so we have weekly meetings with our advisor, and so those are separate between the two of us and because of that, a lot of our work is separate. But when we create projects or different panels. We'll come together, and we'll all attend if we can, and support each other. For current projects, we just had a panel for Johns Hopkins science policy group for their undergrads and graduate students. I've been talking to a lot of undergraduate universities in the US so that they can provide an even better perspective for the students that attend these panels as well. We want to share who JSPG is, what this Ambassador program is, so they can do it in the future if they'd like to, and what science policy is.
Q: What are some of the skills you have learned as part of your internship so far? How do you think you might apply these skills in a future role in outreach or science policy?
LC: I think that something I’ll take away is just learning how to communicate with people in different ways, based on who I’m talking to, whether it's students, professors, and even trying to speak and connect with people over platforms.
DB: Being persistent, finding the right people to contact, and not being afraid to chase people up (in a polite way!) My experience so far has really helped me to be familiar with what kind of organizations are interested in the JSPG’s mission so I can target outreach efforts more effectively.
Q: How do you feel your group’s project will shape the future of outreach at JSPG?
DB: I’m reaching out to student societies in the UK, particularly at the University of Cambridge where I’m based. Hopefully there’ll be more interest in the JSPG on this side of the Atlantic in future and bring more submissions as well.
LC: Following up with groups we communicated with and worked with in the past as new members come through these organizations, especially universities. We still want to connect even if we’ve work with them in the past to keep those connections strong.
Q: What has been the most exciting task you’ve encountered as a group so far?
LC: For me, I’m working with a group called Science Rising focuses on trying to increase voter
registration and people getting out to vote, especially undergraduate students and younger people who are in STEM. It’s interesting to see how they're doing that and exciting to work with people who are in other areas of science policy
DB: Since a lot of our work has been individual instead of as a group, rather than an exciting task, when you get a reply from an organization that’s happy to spread the word about JSPG, it’s really uplifting.
The Ambassador Spotlight Series is written and developed by the Communications and Public Affairs Ambassadors.
About the authors
Katherine (Kate) Andersh is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester. She previously received her BS in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a minor in Psychology. Her current research is focused on the role of inflammation in vision loss and cell death in glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. She is a former Science Communication Training Fellow with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). With this fellowship, she was able to communicate with both local and national legislators advocating for the importance of scientific funding as well as equity and inclusion efforts in STEM within the Rochester community. In addition, she has worked with many groups within her institution, including her time as vice president of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering, to advocate for the needs of underrepresented trainees and participate in larger university initiatives to support equity and inclusion. She is interested in pursuing a career in science policy and continuing to advocate for underrepresented voices in STEM and within the community.
Hannah LeBlanc is a PhD student in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on microbial RNA biology and regulation of gene expression in bacteria. They graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Biochemistry, where she researched bacterial RNA-protein interactions. Hannah serves as an Associate Editor at the MIT Science Policy Review, and is interested in policy and advocacy around healthcare access and housing. Outside of science, they enjoy rowing, weightlifting, and playing hockey.
Washington, DC (December 12, 2022) – The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) are pleased to release Volume 21, Issue 02, of the journal, the Special Topic Issue on Open Science Polices as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Early-career researchers and youth play an important role in driving the cultural shift towards open science, while carefully navigating the impact of evolving open science policies. It is, therefore, crucial to encourage and empower young researchers to participate in decision-making that can shape the future of science and ensure that their voices are heard by other decision-makers. I hope that this special issue can amplify the voice of those young researchers who have recognized that open science policies can serve as an accelerator for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals," Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO.
In the cover memo, Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle noted that the open science movement has been driven by researchers who want to share, collaborate and engage with other researchers and with society, highlighted the recommendations put forth in the issue articles by early-career authors, and acknowledged members of the Major Group for Children and Youth and of the Global Young Academy (Open Science Working Group) for their contributions to the issue.
“We are very proud of the contributing articles that encourage the use of open science policies as a catalyst to achieve the goal of creating a more equitable global society. The ideas presented in the articles will help shape the future of global scientific practices, cast light on the need for increased access to scientific knowledge, and push for the attainment of the sustainable development goals. Early-career scientists and engineers can have a meaningful role in the creation of innovative open science policies and their implementation. It is crucial to act on this now, seeing the clear need for increased sharing of scientific knowledge and collaboration across the globe,” Ona Ambrozaite and Barbara Del Castello, Co-Platform Coordinators, Science-Policy Interface, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
The Special Topics Issue competition, judged by an external review committee, aims to provide winning authors of the top 3 publications with opportunities to present in UNESCO and MGCY events on open science. Information on the competition winners will be released at a later date.
“The breadth of articles in this issue showcase the innovative ideas from the next generation in transforming both the practice of open science and applying principles of open science to address important societal problems,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO & Managing Publisher. “JSPG is proud to partner with UNESCO and MGCY on this special issue and we look forward to future collaborations showcasing early-career views in science policy.”
This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the Global Young Academy Open Science Working Group.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
Created in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) builds peace by fostering international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. As the only specialized United Nations agency with an explicit mandate for science, UNESCO promotes international scientific cooperation, helps developing countries to build their scientific and technological capacity and supports Member States’ efforts to develop effective, inclusive public policies. The Organization’s work extends to standard-setting in its fields of competence. One of these standard-setting instruments is the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, adopted by 193 countries in November 2021. This Recommendation is the first international framework to provide guidelines on how to use open science to make science more equitable and inclusive. Visit https://en.unesco.org and follow on Twitter @UNESCO to learn more.
The Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated and self-organized mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in certain UN processes. MGCY acts as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realized. MGCY does so by engaging formal and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review of sustainable development policies at all levels of the UN system. Visit https://www.unmgcy.org and follow on Twitter @UNMGCY to learn more.
About the GYA Working Group on Open Science
Recognizing that open science fosters research communication that is inclusive, effective, and conducive to collaboration and discovery across fields and locations, the GYA working group on Open Science aims to inform current transformations in publication systems, institutions and technologies by (1) garnering and voicing young researchers’ views on which scientific outputs should be disseminated, how, to whom and with which expectations; (2) investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing open science mandates across highly diverse research environments; (3) promoting open science mandates across the GYA membership and partner organizations. The Global Young Academy is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. The mission of the GYA is to give a voice to early-career researchers across the globe. Visit https://globalyoungacademy.net/activities/open-science/ and follow @GlobalYAcademy on Twitter to learn more.