CO LSEN News
AAAS’ Local Science Engagement Network Gets to Work in Colorado by Anne Q. Hoy (AAAS News, April 17 2020)
University of Colorado Boulder - Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Local and State Advocacy Program
The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to develop and grow an informed, involved, and impactful Colorado Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN).
The objectives of the CO LSEN program is twofold: first, to bring relevant and timely science to bear on policy decisions at the local and state level so that policies are better suited to address challenges related to climate change, sustainability, technology adoption, and natural resource management in Colorado; and second, to build and foster the LSEN as a new contingent of scientists in the state who are regularly engaged in identifying opportunities and relationships for bringing science into the policy realm.
As a crosscutting theme, this program prioritizes diverse representation (i.e., across geographies, disciplines, livelihoods, genders, ethnicities, etc.) from the science, policy, and stakeholder communities. This program is a test-bed for local science engagement and advocacy, and accordingly coordinates and shares information, experiences, and insights with AAAS to inform their ongoing formulation of a nationwide strategy for supporting policy-engaged scientist networks at the state level.
This program builds from and capitalizes on Colorado’s wealth of scientific capacity (17 universities and 38 federal research labs and joint institutes) as well as draw from various early-career science policy initiatives such as the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP). Given the program’s general focus on informing climate solutions, we collaborate with the existing ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ (ITG) project at CU Boulder. ITG focuses on creative framing and storytelling through video, theatre, dance, and writing to connect a wider audience to the deep and pressing need to address climate change.