The National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) will be joining forces in 2020 to enhance collective science policy initiatives for early career scientists and engineers. NSPN will be the official annual sponsor for JSPG in 2020, enabling the expansion of science policy advocacy and the generation of new opportunities for affiliates of both organizations to amplify the voices of science as the 2020 U.S. election draws near.
National Science Policy Network Launches 2020 Annual Sponsorship of JSPG
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February 4, 2020
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Bright Future Ahead for Partners in Science Policy
Washington, DC – The National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) will be joining forces in 2020 to enhance collective science policy initiatives for early career scientists and engineers. NSPN will be the official annual sponsor for JSPG in 2020, enabling the expansion of science policy advocacy and the generation of new opportunities for affiliates of both organizations to amplify the voices of science as the 2020 U.S. election draws near.
Through NSPN’s sponsorship, JSPG will be able to increase opportunities for NSPN’s 400+ members and other science policy enthusiasts to put their op-eds, policy memos, and science policy research articles through the journal’s peer-review process and thus contribute to a growing, open-access database of science policy publications and resources.
“We at JSPG are excited for NSPN’s sponsorship of the journal this year and the opportunities it provides in continuing to develop networks of science and technology policy thinkers, researchers, and practitioners,” said Christian Ross, JSPG’s Editor-In-Chief. “JSPG and NSPN have similar missions, and we are eager to partner in our shared commitment to rigorous, open-access science and technology policy scholarship. We are especially looking forward to our joint Policy Memo Competition with NSPN this spring, which provides a venue for early career researchers to apply their expertise to policy contexts ‘outside the lab.’”
As organizations founded by and for early career scientists and engineers, both NSPN and JSPG are committed to growing their capacity to support the nationwide science policy efforts of early career scientists and to make science policy information openly accessible, credible, and comprehensible. The National Science Policy Network represents a coalition of early career science policy, advocacy, and diplomacy groups distributed across the United States, while the Journal of Science Policy & Governance provides an established, international, open-access peer-reviewed platform for early career scientists to share ideas in science and technology policy.
“As our network continues to grow, NSPN is delighted to sponsor JSPG as part of our commitment to supporting open-access science policy resources,” said Avital Percher, Director of Partnerships for NSPN. “Not only is open-access critical for advancing science- and technology-based policy and an informed public, but both of our organizations’ focus on early career scientists and engineers specifically encourages young people to get involved in science policy, build skills for science communication, and employ critical training to create novel solutions for our generation’s unique challenges. The growth and accomplishments of our members who engaged in the 2019 Policy Memo Competition are especially inspiring, and we are excited to see where this second annual collaboration will lead us.”
The annual International Science Policy Memo Competition launched in 2018 to provide training and practice in policy memo writing, a distinct style that requires distilling complex science and technology concepts. Leading up to the April 1 submission deadline, early career scientists and engineers are working in groups of three or more to write memos that convey considerations, weigh implications, and develop recommendations for action on a specific science policy issue. This year, NSPN members are also preparing white papers to be submitted to JSPG’s standard issue as a part of the 2020 Election Initiative, which provides several tracks for engagement, outreach, and advocacy on critical science and technology policy topics that are addressed in the 2020 U.S. election cycle, and is supported by a grant from Schmidt Futures.
“The breadth and depth of science and technology policy issues have grown significantly in recent years,” said Deborah Stine, who serves on the JSPG Governing Board and previously served as the Executive Director of the White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. “This partnership between JSPG and NSPN paves the way for more students and early career researchers to come together and produce compelling policy solutions for our most pressing challenges.”
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) 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. 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. Sign up for the JSPG mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/gJHy-z
The National Science Policy Network (NSPN) is a grassroots, member-based organization that catalyzes the engagement of early career scientists and engineers in policymaking by fostering community, training leaders, and empowering advocates for the role of science in policy. In addition to the policy memo competition in collaboration with JSPG, NSPN supports a variety of other activities, including grants, internships, externships, and webinars. Visit scipolnetwork.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolNetwork to learn more. Join NSPN to get our newsletter and more here: https://scipolnetwork.org/signup
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