8:30AM - 7:30PM
The Science and Education Policy Association
Part of the National Science Policy Network
Present the 2nd annual

Science Policy Symposium

Saturday, Nov. 10,
8:30AM - 7:00PM
at the Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave New York, NY 10065
Registration is now closed
The annual NSPN science policy symposium is a daylong event focused on bringing together early career scientists with an interest science policy, advocacy and diplomacy. Intended for all levels of experience, our schedule includes speakers, panels and workshops, and aims to provide an environment where scientists nationwide can interact and form connections that will lead to new collaborations and projects.

This year’s symposium is organized by SEPA – a graduate student and post doc led organization among Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University in New York City. The group educates scientists on the intersection of science and policy, explores science or education policy as a career path, and trains scientists to communicate to non-scientific audiences for advocacy and general public outreach.
Schedule Sat. Nov. 10th
8:30 - 9:00AM
Light Breakfast and Registration
Location: Abby Lounge
9:00 - 9:30AM
Welcoming Remarks:Jennifer Pearl
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Director, Science and Technology Policy Fellowships at AAAS
9:35 - 10:20AM
Speaker: Erin Heath - Federal R&D Budget Basics
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Associate Director of American Association for the Advancement of Science Government Relations
Workshop D: Pro-bono Science: How ordinary scientists can team up with non-profits to directly influence social and environmental policy
Location: CRC 306
Dr. Weiji Ma and Jennifer Lee (NYU ScAAN)
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Are you a scientist who wants to affect policy, but has no specialized domain expertise and knows little about legislative processes? The "pro-bono science" model of the Scientist Action and Advocacy Network (ScAAN) is based on partnerships between ordinary scientists and local non-profit organizations. The scientists do literature review, write knowledge briefs, analyze data, and visualize data; the non-profit uses the results for advocacy, lobbying, and outreach. In this workshop, we will describe how ScAAN has been able to affect criminal justice reform and environmental causes in New York State. In an interactive session, we will then guide attendees throught the process of making this model work for their own causes.
10:20 - 10:40AM
Coffee Break
Location: Abby Lounge
10:40 - 11:40AM
Panel:Giovanna Guerrero, Frances Colón, Juan Ramirez
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Moderator:Yaihara Fortis Santiago
Rebuilding a Sustainable and Resilient Puerto Rico through Science
Workshop A - Science Advocacy 101
Location: CRC 306
Melissa Varga and Hannah Silverfine (Union of Concerned Scientists)
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How do you pick which issue to work on? How do you make policy change? Join organizers from the Union of Concerned Scientists for a workshop on creating strategic science advocacy campaigns. Attendees will hear about channels for scientist engagement in policy and advocacy, and work on a real-world case study to learn about tactics for making an impact.
Workshop B - Science: Communication, Connection and Strategy
Location: CRC 406
Christine O’Connell (Alan Alda Center)
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Learning how to effectively communicate science to decision makers is increasingly important for scientists and health professionals. This interactive workshop provides you with the skills, practice, and knowledge you need to clearly and vividly communicate complex science to decision makers (e.g., Congress, local officials, community groups, etc.). There will be interactive discussions and hands-on activities around the role of science and policy and communication.
Workshop C - Stressing Science in Stressful Surroundings: Debating Basic Science Concepts in Unfavorable Environments
Location: CRC 506
Avital Percher (NSPN Leader)
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This experimental workshop looks to practice defending the various aspects of scientific research in nonideal conditions (such as at the family table). **particpants must be comfortable with mild physical interactions (being jostled, pelted with soft items), and other stress inducing interactions (yelling, frequent interruptions etc.)**
11:45 - 12:30PM
Speaker: Dr. Dalal Najib - Science, Technology and Innovation: a powerful engine for international development
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Senior Program Officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Workshop E: 2018 Election Wrap Up: STEM Candidates and Science Policy. Results and where we go from here
Location: CRC 306
Shaughnessy Naughton (314 Action)
12:30 - 1:30PM
Location: Abby Dinning Room
1:35 - 2:20PM
Speaker: Frances Colón - Civically Engaged Science
Location: Caspary Auditorium
CEO of Jasperi Consulting: former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Workshop F: Conversations for Change: Driving Graduate STEM Education to a Student-Centric Model
Location: CRC 306
Irene Ngun (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the report Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century ​with a focus on realigning graduate education and training to meet the needs of master's and Ph.D. students' educational and career goals. The report calls upon the stakeholders in graduate STEM education to revise the incentive structure and research culture to identify ways in which the system can shift to emphasize the needs of students. This session will include a brief overview of the report's findings followed by a facilitated conversation about how graduate students can use the report as a tool for change.
2:25 - 3:25PM
Panel - Careers in Science Policy:
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Courtney Hill (Mirzayan Fellowship)
Amy Gilson (CCST Fellowship)
Arianne Gallagher (PMF Fellowship)
Jennifer Pearl (AAAS Fellowship)
Workshop A - same as above
Location: CRC 306
Workshop B - same as above
Location: CRC 406
Workshop C - same as above
Location: CRC 506
3:30 - 4:30PM
Posters and Coffee
Location: CRC B Level
4:30 - 5:00PM
Call to Action
Location: Caspary Auditorium
5:00 - 6:00PM
Plenary Lecture: Kerri-Ann Jones - Scientists in the Policy World
Location: Caspary Auditorium
Vice President at The Pew Charitable Trusts; former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. State Department
6:00 - 7:30PM
Schedule Sun. Nov. 11th  
9:00 - 9:15AM
Location: CRC B Level
9:15 - 10:30AM
NSPN Business Meeting (open to all members and interested members of NSPN)
Discussion Topics: Constitution, Bylaws, Microgrant Initative, and Memo Competition
Location: Carson Auditorium (CRC B level)
10:30 - 12:00PM
Breakout Groups (regional hub meetings)
Location: CRC 306, 406, 506
Poster Session
UC Riverside
Holly Mayton
Considering Integrated Data Management for Water Sustainability and Security in California
University of Virginia
Linnea Saby
Development of a Decision Support System for Environmental Compliance in Virginia’s Nutrient Credit Exchange
Parma University/Cornell University
Giovanni Sogari
Science and Education: A Perspective in Healthy Eating
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/ The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund
Jessica Tome Garcia
Preserving the Intellectual Heritage of Countries Under Conflict and Repression: A Model Network of Partner Organizations and Individuals
University of Tennessee
Maria Daniela Rivarola
History of Protected Areas in Argentina:  A Seesaw of Shifting Priorities and Policymaking in a Developing Country
We The Scientists
Laura Long, Catherine Braine, Macayla Donegan, Luke Nunnelly
We the Scientists: Tools to Advocate for Sensible Science Policy
Universidad del Turabo
Yomarie Bernier-Casillas
Univision Planeta: Improving Access to Scientific Knowledge Among Spanish Speakers
Northeastern University
Yasmeen Farra, Juan Woodroffe, Tess Torregrosa, Vyshnavi Karra, Amanda Dwyer
Northeastern University’s Graduate Science Policy Group
CaSP, University of Wisconsin Madison
Sam Anderson, Caitline Warlick-Short, April MacIntyre, Kevin Lauterjung
Catalysts for Science Policy
Missouri Science & Technology (MOST) Policy Fellows, University of Missouri
Rachel K. Owen
Creating a State-level Legislative Science Policy Fellowship from the Ground Up: Lessons Learned in Missouri
Health Security Partners (HSP)
Ashraf Abdelghany
Science Diplomacy Awareness Program (SDAP)
UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering
Katherine Shield
Nuclear Energy and Environmental Justice: Is It As Bad As We Think?
University of Arizona
Leah Kaplan
Sowing the Seeds of Understanding and Interest: An Example of University-Sponsored Incubation and Collaboration for Science Diplomacy
Mount Sinai Science Policy Group
Giovanna Collu
Exploring The Science Policy Fellowship Landscape: A Database, Interview Series, and Symposium
Genetics Society of America Early Career Scientist Leadership Program
Emily Lescak and Giovanna Collu
Building a Science Policy Community at the Genetics Society of America
Science Policy Initiative at University of Virginia, Cville Comm-UNI-ty
Matthew Diasio, Elizabeth Hoffman
Scientist Engagement with Elections in the Home of Jefferson
Project Bridge Colorado, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Erin Golden and Matthew Davidson
Capitol Investment: Delivering Colorado’s Primary Research Science Directly to State Legislators
University of Kentucky
Stephanie Davis
Enhancing the Success of Early Career Researchers at the University of Kentucky through Clinical and Translational Science: A Case Study
March for Science NYC
Ingrid J. Paredes, Omar Gowayed
March for Science: Mobilizing the Scientific Community
Science & Policy Exchange
Shawn McGuirk
10 years of Science & Policy Exchange : lessons learned from the first student-run non-profit #scipol group in Canada
New York University
Rafiou Agoro
African Diaspora Scientists as Development Catalysts
ComSciCon-Cornell (Cornell University)
Andy Sanchez and Jason Chang
ComSciCon-Cornell: a Multimedia Science Communication Workshop by and for Grad Students
McGill University/Science & Policy Exchange
Vanessa Sung
Bringing Your Own Chair to the Table - a Canadian Example of Student Advocacy for Science
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard College, March for Science
Jordan Harrod, Sophia Swartz
Students for Science: Catalyzing Today's Generation of Science Advocates
New York University
Jenn Lee/ Weiji Ma/ Ben Lu
Scientific Support for a Plastic Bag Reduction Law
Columbia University
Subhabrata Das
Perovskite BioSolar Cell Efficiency: Addressing both technical and policy perspectives
Science Policy Group of Northeastern University, Brown University
Alex Hruska
Organizing a Science Advocacy Workshop for Grad Students
Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University
Michael Rutkowski
The Database for Science Advocacy: A crowd-sourced resource for science public policy
Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits
Sponsorship of this event gives your organization the unique opportunity to directly interact with top students across the country who are interested in science policy and to support the next generation of science policy leaders. Your sponsorship is essential not only to make this event possible, but also to help us continue to provide new programs and initiatives to our student groups throughout the year.

If you don’t see a package that meets your needs, please reach out to us. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are paired with the benefit level listed in the description and are expected to be booked quickly. If all exclusive sponsorship opportunities are taken, you may still be a general sponsor of the event with the benefits listed for each category of support. If you have any questions about sponsorship or are ready to book your sponsorship, please contact
Exclusive Sponsorship Benefits:
Student Travel - $5,000
•  Will provide travel funding for up to 20 students
•  Global level benefits
Breakfast and Coffee - $3,000
•  Opportunity to give remarks at breakfast
•  Global level benefits
Poster Awards- $1,000
•  Will provide prize money for best poster presentations
•  Tectonic level benefits
Nametags and Lanyards - $1,000
•  Your logo on nametags with NSPN
•  Tectonic level benefits
Networking Reception - $5,000
•  Opportunity to give remarks at reception
•  Global level benefits
Swag - $2,000
•  Will provide monogrammed padfolios for all attendees
•  Your logo on the cover with NSPN logo
•  Tectonic level benefits
Lunch - $2,000
•  Opportunity to give remarks at lunch
•  Global level benefits
General Sponsorship Benefits:
Tectonic ($1000)
Small logo on banner in main hall of event
Recognized during opening remarks
Complimentary exhibit booth
Guaranteed registrations: 1
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Global ($5000)
Medium logo on banner in main hall of event
Recognized during opening remarks
Complimentary exhibit booth
Guaranteed registrations: 2
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Universal ($10,000)
Large logo on banner in main hall of event
Recognized during opening remarks
Complimentary exhibit booth
Guaranteed registrations: 3
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Galactic ($20,000+)
Large logo on banner in main hall of event; Designated as co-sponsor of event
Speaking slot at opening remarks
Complimentary exhibit booth
Guaranteed registrations: 4
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