AAAS 2023 - Out of the Lab, Into the Community: Pathways for Local Policy Engagement

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As science reaches new heights, engaging with the societal impact of scientific achievement has perhaps never been more important. Such impact percolates from the global to local levels, meaning all communities are critical stakeholders in the scientific process. However, scientists and engineers too often hesitate to engage with the issues of greatest importance to their local communities, leaving a gap in this pivotal translation. This ESAL session will provide scientists with concrete strategies to connect with the community around them, highlighting individuals with STEM backgrounds who are employing the skills developed in the lab to drive change in their neighborhoods.

Location: Capitol South Room (Workshop Room 3), Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW, Washington, DC 2001


Arti Garg, PhD

Founder & Chair
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL)

Ian Simon, PhD

Senior Advisor
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Benjamin Zaitchik, PhD

Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Johns Hopkins University


Conference Day 3:  March 4, 2023 , 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing local government and community engagement by people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Subscribe to our newsletter for notifications of future events.
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