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What is science policy?


Science policy is science communication – communicating science to

policy makers, and communicating policy to scientists.  For example,

many elected officials are not experts in science, so they hire expert

advisors to provide balanced scientific information about all sides of

the issues, in order to allow them to make an informed vote.  Many

government agencies use analysts to turn policy into rules and

regulations that must be communicated and applied to all interested

parties. Science policy positions exist not only in the federal

government (mostly in the legislative and executive branches, but

some in the judicial as well), but also in state governments,

professional organizations, scientific societies, non-governmental

organizations, lobbying groups, and even independent think-tanks.

Interactions with state or local agencies may involve providing advice.

The MSU Scicomm Science Policy Committee offers opportunities

and trains to scientist to get involved in science policy. 

Fall 2020 events (Dates and times TBA)

  • Food and Agriculture Policy Circle

  • Environmental Policy Circle

  • National Voter Education Week: Science Policy Ballot Party

Our Science Policy Publications

Want to volunteer or help plan exciting science policy events from the MSU and Greater Lansing community? Email the MSU SciComm Science Policy Chair, Hazel Anderson at Want to get started? Explore the following resources to learn how you can promote science policy as a scientist. Looking for resources to engage in science policy? Reach out to our team with questions and suggestions!


  1. Scientist Advocacy Activity Kit from the Union of Concerned Scientists 

  2. Evidence-Based Science Communication with Policymakers Project by American University

  3. An Elected Official or Decision Maker 

  4. Members of the Public 

  5. Individuals
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