Local government and community engagement is critical to many science- and technology-related policy issues. But there are few avenues for engineers and scientists to learn how to effectively engage locally. I founded ESAL to help address this gap.
Treasurer & Workshops Director
I’m passionate about translating my research beyond the laboratory and making real-world impacts. ESAL is a great opportunity to do that at the local level, where technical skills can play a key role in getting things done.
I’ve always wanted to get more involved in my community. ESAL is helping me figure out how!
I joined ESAL because all politics is local, and I wanted to learn how to engage in activities closer to home and to help other scientists do the same.
After leaving Washington, DC, I wanted to get involved in my local community, but I didn’t know where to start. Getting involved with ESAL has opened my eyes to the many ways one can get engaged locally and start making a difference at home.
A researcher by training and an implementation advocate in practice, I'm very interested in the translation of scientific knowledge to everyday life. In favor of increasing sustainability and equity through data driven decision making.
Through ESAL, I hope to become better at translating both science and policy and to delve deeper into the issues affecting my community.
I love connecting scientists with their local communities to increase scientific literacy and develop strong, evidence-based policies. I joined ESAL to inspire others to do the same!
I love connecting scientists to opportunities where they can engage locally using whatever time and skills they can give. There are so many ways that science and policy intersect and I am thrilled to help ESAL highlight these connections.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we need more scientists at the table in every aspect of public life. I am excited to be involved in ESAL's mission of empowering scientists to meaningfully engage with policy issues in their own local communities.
Every person has important assets that can shape their neighborhoods, cities, and states. I am humbled to support members of the ESAL network seeking ways to most effectively use their skills, knowledge, and research to engage local governments and communities.
We all have a responsibility to enact change. Science is knowledge, knowledge is power. The more we ask what is possible, and keep an open mind, the more impact we can have together.
Technology & Research Director
ESAL's mission resonates with me, blending my passion for Analytics & Technology with local civic engagement. I am excited to join a community committed to meaningful, local impact, which will enable me to utilize my skills for community advancement by creating cross-disciplinary solutions at the nexus of science and policy.
Engaging content is key to driving empowerment through civic engagement. I am inspired by ESAL’s mission and hope to amplify its diversity of voices to shape positive change in STEM discourse with the goal of building a stronger, more accountable, and inclusive society.
In my job, I already work at the interface of science and policy. ESAL was a natural fit!
Through volunteering with ESAL, I hope to give researchers the tools to communicate and build trust with policymakers and community members, as well as the confidence put those tools into practice.
ESAL is pivotal in highlighting the community-aspect of science and how interconnected local government decisions are with the research being done in the field. By getting involved, I can contribute to the goal of demystifying policy to fellow scientists and learn a lot along the way.
I'm interested in bridging academia and community. ESAL provides great resources for scientists to create real-world significance at the local level. I joined ESAL in hoping to empower scientists to collaborate with their local partners.
Tony Van Witsen
Science alone and facts alone never change anyone's mind. People always view scientific research and form their opinions about it based on their existing beliefs, attitudes and who they feel they are.
My life's work is in opening the lines of communication between our human communities and the data technologies that increasingly underpin them. I'm proud to support ESAL's work towards this critical mission
I have spent my short career connecting the public to scientists and lawmakers in an effort to promote science-based civic engagement. With this in mind, ESAL was a natural fit, and one which falls under the domain of science policy – a personal hobby of mine. By working within local communities, we can observe positive change in real-time, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute.
Through ESAL, I aim to support the next generation of science leaders as they engage with their local communities. Ensuring science has a seat at every table has never been more important.
I'm passionate about showing how the Ivory Tower is a myth, how scientists are both a part of their communities and how the community influences their science. I joined ESAL because they are aiming to make that connection more overt, and I'm excited to strengthen those links!
Cherry Cheuk Lam Cheung
As a PhD student in Immunology, I’m hoping not only to translate science from bench to bedside but also make an impact on my local community. ESAL is a perfect platform for me to interact with the public and policymakers.
Our science is stronger when we are able to connect to the public. ESAL's emphasis on acting locally allows us to uplift our communities and foster an environment where the next generation of scientists can thrive.
My Ph.D. research explores the interaction between technology and policy. By volunteering with ESAL, I hope to improve my own ability and the ability of others to use their technical knowledge and skills to engage with the political process.
By sharing stories of STEM leaders engaging with their communities, we can bridge the communication gap between scientists and the public.
I've found that there's a huge gap between what scientists and engineers do daily and how they think policy and politics are involved with what they do daily. STEM professionals need to get more involved, starting on a local level, and I want to show that doing that is not as hard as it can look. As a writer, reporter and marketing communications person, I want to put my skills to use to persuade them to narrow, if not fill, this gap.
As a biomedical engineer with a background in public health – I leaned into my training after WFH (working from home). Without actively knowing it until meeting leadership from ESAL at AAAS (March 2023) – I learned I was living out the mission of the organization through my DIY punk rock attitude and STEM perspective of bringing evidence-based solutions to my immediate community.
Evidence based policy is essential at every level of government. ESAL is a great organization and resource for helping scientists bring their knowledge and skills to their local communities.
Graphic Design Volunteer
Our world is in a delicate place right now, and if we have any chance of turning things around, we need the scientific community to have an open line of communication with the powers that be. I am excited to use my graphic design skills to help the STEM community get civically engaged.