The Bridge is an AGU blog that connects science and policy. It provides a platform for scientists, policy makers, and experts to communicate ideas about the science policy interface.

The AGU Public Affairs team recognizes that there is a scarcity of discussion at the intersection of science and policy. In early 2013, they created The Bridge blog as part of the annual Science Policy Conference to help fill that gap. The success of The Bridge encouraged the Public Affairs team to keep posting and to incorporate the blog into the AGU Blogosphere. The Bridge blog banner shows the U.S. Capitol building and the cosmos, representing policy and science. The two are connected by a sketch of a bridge by Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance man who valued relating disparate studies. It visually symbolizes the connection that this blog aims to create.

The Bridge links the scientific and policy communities and engages the public. AGU recognizes the value of using science to inform policy decisions and understanding the impacts that policies have on science communication, education, and research. Scientists’ research can seem far removed from policy decisions, but a steady stream of communication between the two yields informed policy that benefits everyone.

The Public Affairs department maintains a continuous flow of information between AGU scientists and Capitol Hill. Not only do we seek to provide politicians with accurate scientific knowledge to inform their decisions, we also apprise AGU members about important political decisions happening around the country. We offer a multitude of ways for members and scientists to get involved in science policy, both at home and in Washington, D.C.

We welcome guest contributors. If you would like to write a science policy related post, check out our guest contributor guidelines and send us a note.

The opinions expressed in the independent blogs, as well as in invited-guest posts in the in-house blogs, are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Geophysical Union, its leadership, its staff, or its members.