Working with Policy Makers

During the past century, discoveries in Earth and space science have changed society’s understanding of the world around us and improved economic security and public health and safety around the globe. Science can help society address the challenges—and take advantage of the opportunities—that we face in the future.

Strong public support for scientific research and collaboration is essential to our community’s ability to embark on the next transformative era of Earth and space science. That’s why AGU’s Centennial celebration is focusing on mobilizing scientists to communicate their science and its impact on society…and why connecting with policy makers and other leaders is a perfect way to celebrate AGU’s Centennial.

It is critically important that these leaders understand how science is improving economic conditions and quality of life around the world. Whether you use our Policy Action Center to send an email to your elected leaders or organize a visit for a group of your colleagues to their offices—at home or in Washington—connecting with policy makers is a great way to be a part of AGU’s Centennial celebration.

To get you started, we have created a list of resources and tools that can help you successfully communicate your science to this important audience:

AGU’s Policy Action Center: Your Home for the Latest Opportunities and Issues

Being a Resource for My Legislator

Calling or Writing Your Members of Congress

Visiting Your Members of Congress at Home

Visiting Your Members of Congress in Washington

AGU’s Position Statements: A Guide to Some Key Topics

Essential Tips and Tools

Don’t Let Jargon Get in the Way of Your Message

Elevator Pitches: Dos and Don’ts

Giving a Presentation: The Essentials