Provides an overview of policy basics, and how decisions are made governing the course and future of earth and atmospheric sciences
Provides opportunities for participants to meet and dialog with the federal officials, Congressional staffers and others who make those decisions
Surveys current science policy issues
Uses the case study method to explore a limited number of issues, both past and present, in depth and detail
Helps participants build skills, experience, and contacts they can use throughout their careers to understand and influence the atmospheric policy process
Helps participants gauge their aptitude for and interest in the challenges of matching science to national priorities, and scientific program leadership
Download the 2019 agenda here.
Please note participants are expected to attend all sessions. During lunch participants will have the pleasure of dining with the speakers and often use this time to work on group exercises you will be assigned. Multi-tasking during the sessions is highly discouraged and will lessen the impact of the course.
Each year we develop a reading list as a primer on science policy before you arrive for the Colloquium. Attendees review the materials in advance, as some sessions may assume knowledge of major concepts. In addition, attendees are assigned two case studies.The following are books read by previous groups:
The first Summer Policy Colloquium was held in 2001 for about 40 bright minds from the AMS community who showed interest in and potential to contribute significantly to the policy process. To date, about 500 such individuals have completed the program. They have proceeded through their careers to roles such as: