Course Details

Engaging in Science Policy

This course introduces several options for engaging in policy and explains how to pursue those options to affect change. The instructor discusses the importance for scientists to be engaged in the policymaking process and various levels of possible engagement, from what can be done in an hour to what can be done in a year or more. Engaging in Science Policy highlights several key venues and aspects of policy engagement with AAAS specialist interviews covering topics including: policy fellowships, communicating science, working with Congress and understanding the federal budget. This course will help you:

  1. Recognize the impact of science policy engagement
  2. Understand the various levels of engagement
  3. Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement

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Course Author

image of Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

Instructor: Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

Ms. Heath handles a range of policy issues of interest to the scientific community with a particular focus on biomedical and public health research as well as public and policy engagement. She co-chairs the Coalition for National Science Funding and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition, heads the selection committee for the AAAS Science and Technology Congressional Fellowships, and sits on the steering committee of the Golden Goose Awards. She holds a Master of Science with Merit in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to graduate school, she spent years as a journalist in Washington D.C., most notably as a science policy reporter and columnist for the National Journal.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • Impacts of engagement
  • Types of engagement
  • Tips on communication
  • S&T policy fellowships
  • Meeting your legislator
  • Federal R&D budget

Quizzes: 1 quiz

  • Certificate of completion
  • Earn 1 PDH

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