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Science Policy Events



All grad student attendees invited to participate
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom E
The Graduate Student Science Policy Luncheon will give attendees the knowledge and tools to more effectively engage in science policy. Receive an “advocacy 101” lesson and learn why it’s so critical for scientists and grad students to engage in advocacy. Learn about the advocacy activities offered through the Science Policy Office and hear from a panel of members and associates engaged in science policy. Register here. Registered attendees receive priority seating. Lunch generously provided by Monsanto.


All attendees invited to participate
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9:30-11:00am
Location: Marriott Tampa Waterside, Room 9
Do you have interest in engaging in advocacy, but don't know where to begin? Attend the Science, Not Silence Advocacy Workshop to learn how to take your enthusiasm (or frustration) and turn it into effective engagement with policymakers. Through discussion and guided exercises, you will learn: 
       •    How the federal budget impacts the research you do 
       •    The best ways for scientists to engage in advocacy
       •    How to effectively communicate with policymakers

Registration required. Fee: $10 ($20 after Sept. 7)

Contact Karl Anderson for more information on the workshop.  Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.


All attendees invited to participate
Throughout the meeting
Location: Society Center, Science Policy Booth
Now more than ever scientists must stand up for science-based decision making. Let Congress and the administration know there are thousands of scientists who believe we all benefit when science informs policy. During the Annual Meeting you can sign a petition urging Congress and the administration to fill scientific advisory roles with qualified individuals and utilize peer-reviewed evidence when crafting policies. Anyone who signs the petition is automatically entered to win a $100 prize! 


All attendees invited to participate
Monday, Oct. 23, 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Exhibit Hall, Career Center
Think you could use your science expertise to help shape policy in Washington, D.C.? Then you may be an ideal candidate for the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Congressional Science Fellowship. Meet the 2017 Congressional Science Fellow, Jimmy Zumba, and hear about his experience working for Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Learn about the application process and how this exciting opportunity could shape your career.

Convening Event: Investing in New Opportunities in Plant Efficiency

All attendees invited to participate
Monday, Oct. 23, 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Tampa Convention Center, Room 38
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is holding a convening event titled Investing in New Opportunities in Plant Efficiency at the 2017 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting. The objective of this convening session is to discuss potential research gaps for making novel and ancient crops, which can be drought-tolerant and adaptive to harsh environments, more widely available and competitive in domestic and international markets, as well as developing better farm practices using these underutilized crops. Meeting attendees have the opportunity to provide input to FFAR on the scope, budget and timeline of a potential FFAR funding opportunity. Learn more and register here.

Specialty Group Social - Agricultural Politics

All meeting attendees invited to participate
Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom A
Crop and soil science research may influence governmental policy, but policy does not always align with research. This group encourages people to discuss research as a public good, and how policy is currently affecting the impact of agricultural research and product development. What aspects of agricultural policy have been beneficial to advances in crop and soil sciences? What aspects have been detrimental? What can people do at local and national levels to help influence change in agricultural policy? People from academia, private industries, government, and other areas of society are welcome to share their thoughts on the subject.