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Conference Coordinator

Do you believe the STEM community brings a valuable perspective to challenges faced by cities, counties, and states? Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally seeks to inspire, encourage, and empower people in STEM to be active civic participants. We are a dedicated group of volunteers working to help our fellow members of the STEM community more effectively engage with their local communities and governments. And we would be thrilled to have you join our ranks.

ESAL is seeking a volunteer to help us expand ESAL’s reach by coordinating our efforts to organize panel discussions and workshops at STEM conferences and meetings. We have found that engineers and scientists are hungry for practical knowledge about STEM-related issues and opportunities to have an impact through local civic engagement. And our conference sessions have been well-attended. We are looking for someone to help continue and grow these efforts.

As the ESAL Conference Coordinator you will:

  • Proactively identify conferences where ESAL should propose a panel or workshop, particularly in priority areas identified by ESAL leadership.
  • Lead efforts to develop session proposals and manage their submission.
  • Work with panelists and ESAL conference attendees to ensure smooth logistics.
  • Contribute ~10-15 hr/month of your time to do the above
  • Make at least a 1-year commitment to volunteering with ESAL

In return, by volunteering with ESAL you will gain the opportunity to:

  • Receive sponsorship to attend at least one STEM conference per year at which they are presenting on ESAL’s behalf.
  • Develop a portfolio of successful conference submissions.
  • Network with engineers and scientists across the country who are passionate about improving their communities
  • Demonstrate a concrete commitment to science policy and community engagement
  • Work with ESAL leadership -- a dedicated team of engineers and scientists with deep experience in public policy
  • Influence and shape a growing organization that is receiving broad recognition from the science policy community due to its unique focus on non-federal engagement
If you are interested in helping us change how engineers and scientists think about policy engagement, please contact us with a paragraph describing your interest and a link to a bio or an attached resume at
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