Caltech, in partnership with the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, is launching a pilot workshop for graduate students on enhancing science communications with policymakers. The 12-hour workshop, to be held over the course of three days in January, will teach participants how to most effectively convey research results to assist policymakers in their decision-making process.
Caltech graduate students are encouraged to apply to participate in the free program, scheduled to run during the week of January 14. The program will include a mix of classroom discussions and exercises around the principles of communications and policy, as well as tools to effectively develop and deliver information in meetings with government leaders, legislators, and others. The program will culminate with visits to government offices in Los Angeles and a debrief of the experience.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to share my insights on the interface of science and policy with Caltech students and researchers who want to see their science used," says Jones, who is a noted seismologist and visiting associate in geophysics.
Jones established the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society in 2016 with the purpose of creating more resilient communities by fostering a broader understanding and application of scientific information.
Applications for the January program are being accepted online through Tuesday, November 20, and will be reviewed by Jones, as well as an advisory committee that currently includes Caltech professors Mike Gurnis, Paul Wennberg, Mordechai Feingold, Pamela Bjorkman, and Domniki Asimaki. The committee will also serve as advisers to the participating students and Jones throughout the program.