NAS Student Forum on Science and Technology Policy

November 7th, 2007

Posted by: Roger Pielke, Jr.

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On January 4-5, 2008, the National Academies are sponsoring a two-day public forum intended for students, postdoctoral fellows, and recent graduates interested in studying and careers in science and technology policy.

The forum will feature both invited presentations and interactive discussions that will bring together a cross-section of government, academia, and industry to address practice and opportunities of the science and technology profession.

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One Response to “NAS Student Forum on Science and Technology Policy”

  1. David Bruggeman Says:


    This *sounds* great, but the lack of substantive data on the website, the really short timelines involved, and the preference for academic science and technology policy suggest to me that everybody is wasting their time. I would not recommend anyone travel to D.C. for this, and would suggest that those already in town may have better uses for their time.

    The appeal is written in such a way that people who aren’t already engaged in academic research in science and technology policy won’t find anything familiar. There’s no one really engaged in practice on the advisory committee, and if you have any hope (or interest – I don’t want to presume more than I already have) in getting those outside of academic science and technology policy to attend, you need to engage science and technology policy practice. This is a different flavor of the criticism I tried to advance when discussing the future of the policy sciences almost two years ago. The bridge between the two communities in science and technology policy resembles any rickety rope bridge from any 30’s adventure serial ever filmed.

    Having attended and helped organize gatherings Nearly every April or May since 2001, often in conjunction with the AAAS Policy Forum) where there were people employed in science and technology policy jobs and those studying science and technology policy, they have diverse backgrounds and interests, and even when career advice is given, the two groups have different questions beyond the basics (how do I get a job).

    The heart appears to be in the right place here, but that’s about it.