November 13, 2017

Don’t Fall Behind! Plan Ahead for Science Policy at Fall Meeting!

Posted by Jenna Zink

AGU’s Fall Meeting Poster Hall

A little over a month from now, scientists from around the world will gather in New Orleans for AGU’s Fall Meeting from 11 December – 15 December.

Scheduling can get pretty hectic during the week of the meeting, so the Public Affairs team is providing a preview of some of the science policy events to help you plan ahead. 

*note: all times are in local time for New Orleans* 



Let’s jump into our preview of events!



To kick off the Fall Meeting, join us at the Congressional Visits Workshop on Sunday, 1:00pm-5:30pm! Scheduling a meeting with a Congressional office is step one. But once that is complete, you might be left with lots of questions. What do I bring? What do I talk about?? WHAT DO I EVEN WEAR?! We’ve got you covered! We will outline everything from how to prepare for your visit to maintaining a relationship with your legislator long after you first meet with them. And an important public service announcement for this event: an RSVP is required! So, head over to and reserve your spot now! 


Wanna grab lunch with us on Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm? Come out and learn about the AGU Congressional Science and Mass Media Fellowships! You’ll get information about our fellowship programs, tips on how to apply, and hear from a panel of current and former fellows. You bring the questions and we’ll supply the food. *Record Scratch*Freeze Frame* Hi! Sorry for interrupting your blog post, but this event has two great fellowship opportunities and free food. Sounds like a solid lunch date with AGU if you ask me! Okay thanks for your time! Please return to your scrolling! 


We get by with a little help from our friends! AGU has a partnership with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and their attorneys will be joining us to discuss topics for scientists interested in activism. From the March for Science to public demonstrations and more, we are seeing many more scientists becoming vocal advocates for science and other issues in 2017. Learn how to protect yourself. The action begins on Tuesday from 10:00am-11:00am. 


As Julie Andrews once sang, “Let’s start at the very beginning!” That is exactly what Science Policy 101: Back to Basics will do! On Wednesday from 12:15pm-1:15pm, you can learn about the fundamentals of Congress, from talking with representatives to how the legislative process works. Learn about current policy issues and what the future holds for science funding. *Psssst* Sorry for interrupting again! But this event also has lunch being served!!  


Already got the science policy basics nailed down but craving more? Then Science Policy 201: Critical Policy Decision Points: When and How to Engage Effectively is the place to be! Learn about the Congressional committee process, wins that extend beyond securing funding, and find out why Congressional relationships are so important. Come on Thursday from 12:00pm-1:00pm and dive into the policymaking process. Remember that YOU can make a difference on Capitol Hill! 


But wait…THERE’S MORE! 


These were only the highlights of the Fall Meeting week! To hear more details about our events, watch our Fall Meeting Preview. Don’t have time to listen but still need the information? Here are our slides.  

A full list can be found here on the website!  


We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans this December! The Public Affairs team will be located in the Sharing Science Space (the Rivergate Room on the first floor of the MCCNO) throughout Fall Meeting.