On 21 December 2009, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) held an online webinar program to provide information to students and early-career professionals interested in learning more about careers in science policy.

The keynote presentation by Dr. Robert Gropp, Director of Public Policy at AIBS, provided participants with information on the pros and cons of a career in science policy, and the knowledge, skills, and experiences that are required to successfully pursue a career in science policy or public affairs. The program also featured a panel discussion with three scientists who have successfully transitioned to a policy career. Panelists shared their diverse career paths and information on how to make the career transition from research to public policy. Panelists included Dr. Holly Menninger of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Ms. Julie Palakovich Carr of AIBS, and Dr. Caroline Ridley of the Environmental Protection Agency.

For those who did not participate in the webinar, AIBS offers several books that may be of interest, including "Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media" and "Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science." These and other titles may be ordered at http://webstore.aibs.org/.

The AIBS Public Policy Office is able to present a version of this program for academic departments. To learn more about this or other AIBS workshops and training programs, please contact Robert Gropp at 202-628-1500 x 250.

 


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