Purdue Climate Change Research Center

How to convey science and its uncertainty to policy makers? Choose brief and simple.

Aaron Goldner a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences, attended a Policy Colloquium in Washington D.C. organized by the American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union. The Policy Colloquium brings together scientists from academia, government, and the private sector for ten days of training on how to more effectively communicate scientific topics to politicians and the media. The ten day Policy Colloquium took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) building, and included trips to Congress and the Senate to meet with Congressional and Senate staffers. Throughout the week the participants were able to meet with leaders in all levels of government, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National United States Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the White House National Security Staff. The AMS and AGU Policy Colloquium is offered every year and funding applications are open to graduate students in early January.is course is a fantastic starting point for a graduate student interested in science policy or for students who are interested in learning more about how to interface their science with policy decisions,” said Aaron. In the photo to the left, Aaron stands in front of the Environmental Protection Agency Ariel Rios Building.

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