AGI’s Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs create opportunities for interaction and dialogue between geoscientists and decision makers.
On Capitol Hill
Communicating with your representatives is an important part of being an active and responsible citizen. Your Representative and Senators have been elected to serve you, and they need to know what you, their constituent, believe are the important issues. Visits to your member, either in Washington or within the state or district, are generally the most effective way to explain your position. Visits are not, however, always feasible and a well-reasoned personal letter is another practical way to get your message across. The following information is meant to serve as a resource for helping you better communicate with Congress.
AGI Critical Issues Forums bring together leading experts from academia, government, industry, and other groups to discuss topics at the intersection of geoscience and public policy. The Forums highlight the essential role that geoscience information plays in policy decisions at all levels from the global to the local. These events, started in 2014, showcase the societal relevance of the geosciences to a broad audience while also providing opportunities for dialog and networking between geoscientists and decision makers at all levels.
See our past Forums here.
Collaborate to achieve your broader impacts goals
AGI’s Critical Issues program connects geoscientists with policy and decision makers, particularly at state and local levels, to support evidence-based decision making and achieve substantial broader impacts. We offer many services to support broader impacts projects, including planning and hosting webinars; publishing case studies, factsheets, and other web products; and communication and impact analysis services to boost and quantify the reach of your broader impacts work with us. Please visit our broader impacts services webpage for more information.
We host regular free webinars on hot topics in geoscience research, policy, and communication. All of our webinars involve interactive Q&A sessions, and recordings of our webinars are available online. Sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming webinars.
Our Twitter account highlights developments in geoscience policy, information resources, events, and initiatives from national to local levels. Follow us at @AGI_Policy.
AGI’s Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs offer paid internships and a congressional fellowship for geoscience students and recent graduates interested in promoting the use of geoscience in policymaking.
Interns gain a first-hand understanding of science policy at the federal and/or state and local level. They also hone their writing, research, and web publishing skills as they develop content for the Policy & Critical Issues website and for outreach efforts to federal, state and local policy makers.
The programs offer a congressional fellowship: the William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow spends a year working in Washington D.C. as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee.