Your toolkit

Because every Force has an equation.

Science touches lives every day. It drives the innovation and discovery that help us understand and interact with the world around us.

The resources in this toolkit will help you engage, educate and be a force for science. Inspire the next generation of STEM professionals, further understanding among the scientific community and other groups, strengthen collaboration and increase public understanding of science and its impact.

Whether you are an experienced advocate or getting involved for the first time, you’ll find something that matches your interests and fits your schedule. Explore the opportunities below and check back often to learn about new ways to stand up for science.

Talk about your work and share your own experiences to demonstrate the value of science and its impact. Make science come alive!

BE AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR

Develop or improve your communication skills using these resources.

WORK WITH THE MEDIA

Learn how to work with journalists and media outlets to increase the reach of your message.

WRITING AN ENGAGING OP-ED

Master this useful tool to connect with the public or policymakers.

WORK WITH FAITH COMMUNITIES

Be part of the important dialogue about the interaction of science, ethics and religion to connect with the public or policymakers.

Learn how to reduce conflict, increase understanding and find common ground. (PDF)

ORGANIZE EVENTS ON CAMPUS

Plan a campus event around issues related to science and human rights.

VOLUNTEER IN THE CLASSROOM

Motivate K-12 students to pursue STEM careers by volunteering in the classroom.

Help boost science literacy by making research papers from Science accessible to a diverse audience.

BE AN EARLY-CAREER SCIENCE ADVOCATE

Use your experiences to communicate the value of science.

Find your community and multiply your impact by working with others in person, on social media and on Trellis.

Engage with the public

Think about your goals and why this is a critical time to communicate with the public.

Team up with others

Join over 1000 other members in the Public Engagement with Science group on Trellis to share best practices, resources and opportunities.

Join a science society

AAAS has 252 affiliate groups, many of which are membership organizations active in policy and public engagement.

Contribute to policy discussions

Get involved in the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition to empower scientist contributions at all levels of government. Join the ESEP group on Trellis.

Discuss current issues with AAAS members

Contribute to the AAAS conversation about evidence-based policymaking and advocacy. (AAAS members only)

Be a force on social media

Connect with AAAS on Facebook and Twitter and tweet what you're doing to stand up for science with #force4science.

Attend an event

View and attend upcoming events.

Communicate the value of evidence-based policymaking to elected officials.

Attend a policy training or conference

Sign up for the CASE Workshop for students.

Apply for a fellowship

Work in science policy as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow, or communicate science as a Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow or a Leshner Leadership Fellow.

Understand the federal R&D budget

Learn about federal funding for research and development.

Identify your elected officials

Learn how to contact your senators and representatives, view committee assignments, current legislation and more.

Working with Congress guide

A comprehensive guide for interacting with members of Congress and their staff. (PDF)

Top 10 rules for working with Congress

Ten rules for successful interactions with members of Congress.


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