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AAAS Office of Government Relations Mini-CASE Webinar: S&T Policy During COVID-19

Posted by on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Announcements .

Title: Mini-CASE Webinar: S&T Policy During COVID-19 Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 1 – 3 PM
Where: Zoom Webinar

Registration Link:  https://american-association-for-the-advancement-of-


This 2-hour webinar is designed for college and graduate students in STEM fields who have an interest in science policy. Based on AAAS’ popular Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop, the goal of this session is to repurpose elements of the annual workshop directly focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the federal R&D budget, academia and the research enterprise, and individual scientists. Participants will also learn about communicating with Members of Congress and their staffs and how to articulate concerns on science funding in COVID-19 stimulus legislation and FY 2021 regular appropriations.


1:00 PM 1:05 PM

1:25 PM

1:45 PM

2:05 PM

2:25 PM 2:35 PM 3:00 PM

Welcome and Introduction
Joanne Carney, AAAS Chief Government Relations Officer

R&D Budgets Under COVID-19
Matt Hourihan, AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program Director
– An overview of the Congressional appropriations process, COVID-19

stimulus packages and research, and an outlook on the R&D budget

COVID-19’s Impact on Universities
Toby Smith, AAU Vice President for Policy
– How COVID-19 has impacted university research, students and postdocs, and

international students

Role of Executive and Legislative Branches
Sean Gallagher, AAAS Senior Government Relations Officer
– A discussion on process, politics, and policy, and on what influences


Communicating Science in Difficult Times
Erin Heath, AAAS Associate Director of Government Relations
– Strategies and opportunities for engaging in advocacy during the pandemic

Congressional Meetings During the Pandemic, a discussion with all speakers Q&A with all speakers
End of Session