Update: You can view a summary of the #ScienceInAction conversation from April 10, 2020 here.
Join JSPG's Director of Outreach, Adriana Bankston, and Chair of the Governing Board, Erin Heath, on April 10 from 1:30-2:30pm ET for a Twitter chat about #ScienceInAction during COVID-19 to share tips, resources, and opportunities for scientists to engage during the public health crisis.
The twitter conversation will be hosted by Melissa Varga from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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.
Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science has been named the Chair of the JSPG Governing Board.
In this capacity, Erin will work with the JSPG board and CEO to advance the journal’s mission of publishing relevant and high-quality policy research and serving as a catalyst for professional and intellectual development for students, postdocs, policy fellows, and early career professionals worldwide. Read more about Erin & the full board here.
The latest piece of the blog series with UCS is "Expanding Professional Development Opportunities for Scientists Beyond the Lab" authored by JSPG's former Editors in Chiefs Lida Beninson & Tess Doezema. Read it here.
JSPG has partnered with Union of Concerned Scientists in a series of blog posts to introduce the journal as a platform for ECRs to publish policy pieces, discuss international science diplomacy and policy debate, illustrate the impact of JSPG on the career trajectory of past editors, and provide a perspective on how policy skills translate into science communication. Learn more.
JSPG is proud to announce the release of Volume 15 sponsored by the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC), a pan-Canadian hub of multi-sector experts focused on science, technology, and innovation policy.
Volume 15 represents one of the most extensive editions of the Journal with 18 articles that span from op-eds warning of antifungal resistance in agriculture and health to policy memos addressing implicit bias in artificial intelligence.
“The breadth and depth of science and technology policy issues have grown significantly in recent years. The JSPG-NSPN Policy Memo Competition is a great way for student groups to collaboratively write compelling policy solutions addressing a wide range of salient topics around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recent national elections.”
Following a successful inaugural contest in 2019, the Journal of Science Policy and Governance and the National Science Policy Network are excited to launch the second international policy memo writing competition!
Background: One of the main obstacles that scientists face when venturing into policy research, outreach or advocacy is the lack of training in non-scientific communication modalities. Scientists can invest a significant amount of time and energy developing thoughtful, evidence-driven policy solutions only to communicate them in a way that’s inaccessible to those outside of the academic setting.
Of particular importance in policy and diplomacy is the preparation of memos (memorandums).
Memo writing is a distinct style that requires distilling complex concepts to a minimal space, while competing for the assured limited attention span of the reader. They are used to convey considerations, implications and actions on a topic of interest.
About the competition: The competition is open to early-career science policy groups worldwide. These groups may be formal organizations of students or postdocs on university campuses or unaffiliated collaborations among students and postdocs. Groups of science policy fellows are also eligible to submit to the competition. The memos (2000-word limit) must be submitted at least 3 individuals.
The deadline to submit memos is April 1st, 2020.
Complete details may be found linked here.
Lectures on memo writing:
– JSPG Governing Board member Erin Heath, AAAS – “Communicating Science Through Policy Briefs”
– NSPN Board member Kumar Garg, Schmidt Futures – “Getting Things Done”
JSPG and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth Partner for Special Issue on Emerging Technologies
Volume 14 covers a variety of current science policy topics including climate, energy, geoengineering, product development, and agriculture policy. Read it here!
During the STGlobal Conference held in March 2019 at U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington, DC, Dr. Adriana Bankston introduced JSPG as a vehicle for students and young scholars to bolster their S&T policy credentials. Click here to learn more about the meeting.
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