NCSE Academic-Federal Dialogue and Science Policy Symposium (Registration Required)

Omni Shoreham January 10, 2019 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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The Academic-Federal Dialogue and Science Policy Symposium is a full-day event directly following the Annual Conference. The day is designed to facilitate discussions between academia and non-profits with federal agencies on their program and research priorities and funding opportunities. The event will also opportunities for scientists to engage with decision-makers from Executive and Legislative Branches to broaden participants’ perspective on how science and policy can interact to improve environmental decision-making. The day will include small group discussions, interactive activities, one-on-one networking, skill-building in policy communication, and panels around a variety of topics.


The Academic-Federal Dialogue and Science Policy Symposium will be held during the Federal Government Shutdown. There will be adjustments to the schedule as needed but we look forward to an informative and interactive event.


Online Registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending the AFD you can register onsite the morning of the event.

You do not need to be registered for the full Annual Conference to attend the AFD/Science Policy Symposium. NCSE Members receive two complimentary registrations to the full day event. Non-members are required to pay a registration fee.

Non-Member Registration

Early-Bird registration ends midnight on December 7 – $119
After December 7 – $149


8 a.m. Breakfast served (coffee & light breakfast available)
8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introductions
8:45 a.m.Opening Panel: NCSE Academic-Federal Dialogue
This panel will share high-level perspectives on research priorities and opportunities for scientists to engage in the federal research enterprise -- drawing connections between current Administration and Congressional priorities, agency budgets, and current and forthcoming research opportunities.

Scott Borg, Deputy Assistant Director of Geosciences, National Science Foundation
Gary Geernaert, Director of Climate and Environmental Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy
Christopher Hartley, Acting Administrator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bruce Rodan, Associate Director for Science for the Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cisco Werner, Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, NOAA Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Claudia Nierenberg, Chief, Climate and Societal Interactions Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Moderator: David Malakoff, Deputy News Editor of Science Magazine, will moderate this panel.
9:45 a.m.Table Talk with Federal Agencies
Participants will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with program directors from different federal agencies to ask specific questions about research priorities and grant opportunities. Confirmed participation from NSF, NOAA, DOE, USDA, NASA, DOT, DOD, EPA, DOI.
11 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.Skill Building: Policy Communication for Scientists
NCSE is partnering with COMPASS, a pioneering science communication organization that helps scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making, to provide a skill-building workshop that focuses on distilling and framing the “so what” of your science for a policy audience.
12:15 p.m.Networking Lunch
12:45 p.m.Skill Building: Policy Communication for Scientists (continued)
1:15 p.m.Perspectives from Policymakers: Federal, State, and Local
The panel will bring together diverse policy perspectives from Capitol Hill and the Administration, as well as from the state and county government. The goal of this panel is to give scientists a sense for the kind of decision frameworks in which policymakers operate and to share different possible entry points for scientists into the policy process. David Malakoff, Deputy News Editor of Science Magazine, will moderate this panel.

Robyn Colosimo, Assistant for Water Resources Policy , Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
Grant Davis, General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency
Aaron Goldner, Energy Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Deborah Markowitz, Director of Policy Outreach at Gund Institute, University of Vermont
Martha Robertson, Legislator, District 13, Ithaca, NY
Sarah Ryker, Energy and Minerals Mission Area at U.S. Geological Survey
2:15 p.m.Coffee Break
2:30 p.m.Policymaker and Scientist “Speed Dating”
An opportunity for scientists to engage in fast-paced, lively conversations with policymakers in a structured, but fun format. This will be followed by a debrief to pull out key themes and talk between the two groups.
3:45 p.m.Wrap up: Future goals for NCSE's policy work and opportunities to contribute
4:30 p.m.Adjourn