January 17, 2018

Erica Goldman

When Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the National Council for Science in the Environment (NCSE), and I met for lunch this fall, we quickly realized that we had the ingredients for an exciting collaboration. NCSE’s upcoming annual conference and the popular Academic-Federal Dialogue (AFD), which mingles academic scientists and federal agency officials, would provide a chance to combine our complementary approaches.

We are thrilled to be partnering to provide something new and innovative—a policy communication training for scientists immediately following the AFD, hosted by New America.

This exciting program features a unique opportunity for scientists, researchers, deans, and directors to work closely with experts in journalism and policy to:

  1. Understand the use of science in real-world decision making,
  2. Explore common challenges at the interface of science and decision-making, and
  3. Gain hands-on practice in having effective conversations with policymakers at all levels of government.

The day will start with an interactive “table talk” with agency officials, followed by an all-star panel of directors and heads in U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. In the afternoon, an amazing line-up of policy experts will serve as coaches and facilitators throughout the training, together with Erica Goldman (that’s me) and Stephen Posner from COMPASS. Policy experts will draw from their rich experiences with the Department of Interior, Department of Commerce, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Congress, and more. We are excited to have David Malakoff, Deputy News Editor at Science Magazine, moderating and facilitating throughout the day.

Join us to learn new tools, build valuable skills, and strengthen the connections between your science and the people who could use your research to inform policy decisions. Click here for a closer look at the day’s agenda.

Register through the conference website. Note: you do not need to be registered for the conference to sign up for the training. Rate is $125 for NCSE members, $295 for non-NCSE members.