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A digest of the latest opportunities in science policy from around the web, such as open positions on advisory committees, calls for information, fellowships, jobs, and internships.

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Application Open for AAS Public Policy Fellowship

The American Astronomical Society is accepting applications for its John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship. The position provides early career astronomers the opportunity to gain science policy experience by directly supporting the policy and advocacy activities of the society. The fellow will be responsible for developing relationships with relevant staff in Congress and the administration, authoring content for the AAS Policy Blog, and coordinating congressional briefings and visit days, among other duties.

March 1, 2019

Astro2020 Seeking Panel Members and Science White Papers

The co-chairs of the upcoming decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics, known as Astro2020, are seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the study committee and its associated panels. They are also welcoming input on the community’s priorities in the form of science white papers. Nominations are due Jan. 22, and white paper submissions are due Feb. 19.

January 22, 2019

Plasma Science Decadal Survey Extends Call for White Papers

The National Academies has extended a call for white papers from both U.S. and international researchers to inform a decadal survey of plasma science that launched in October. Known as Plasma 2020, the study will assess recent progress in the field and identify promising avenues for research in the coming ten years. The study committee anticipates the white papers will be a major source of input. 

March 8, 2019

AGU Hiring Public Affairs Analyst

The American Geophysical Union is accepting applications for a public affairs analyst position. The analyst will engage AGU members in science policy activities, produce materials for the society’s website, and help respond to requests for information from Capitol Hill and the media. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or a science discipline and four years of experience.

Student Groups Launch Science Policy Memo Competition

The National Science Policy Network and the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, both student-run organizations, have launched a policy memo writing competition for early career scientists. Memos can be submitted on any topic by teams of at least three individuals that are members of a science policy group. The top three entries will receive monetary awards that will go toward their group’s budget.

March 1, 2019