Science Policy

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New and Updated Position Statements

GSA Council recently approved a new position statement, Responsible Geologic Fieldwork Practices, and revised four others.

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Check out our Member Policy Toolkit to find videos, articles, and other resources to help you engage with Congress.

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Solutions Through Geoscience

GSA has partnered with NSF and the geoscience community to gather input and identify solutions to modern challenges.

Climate Change Solutions

Learn about this initiative and read the report

GeoHealth Solutions

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Events & Briefings

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GEO-CVD will take place 15–16 September 2022 in Washington, D.C. Apply to attend by 31 July!
Learn more and apply.

Posted 7/8/2022

Unpredictable & Dangerous: Lessons from the 2022 Tonga Eruption
Fri., 24 June 2022, 12–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are hosting a webinar that will explain the science behind the Tonga eruption and discuss what lessons the research community has taken away that could help improve the U.S.’s disaster preparedness and response for future events. Learn more and register.

Posted 6/13/2022

Engaging with Policymakers in and out of D.C.
Fri, 22 Apr., 2022, 1–2 p.m. EDT
Speakers will discuss how they apply geoscience in policy, how policy is created at different levels of government, how scientists can effectively engage in policy at every level, and current geoscience related priorities. Learn more and register.

Posted 4/18/2022


Recent Bills Bring New Money and Programs to Science Agencies
Two bills signed into law over the summer set new policy directions and funding for scientific agencies. The Inflation Reduction Act provides funding for research and facilities at several agencies, while the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 authorizes funding and policy changes focused on education, research, and expanding diversity in the sciences.

Posted 9/9/2022

Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) moves to the Senate floor
On 14 June 2022, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advanced by voice vote Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey to the Senate floor.

Posted 6/22/2022

GSA Fellow, Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, confirmed to lead the Department of Energy Office of Science
On May 10, 2022, the Senate confirmed Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe as the Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science—the government’s largest funder of basic research in the physical sciences.

Posted 5/11/2022

Testimony & Letters

CNSF Submits FY24 Funding Priorities
GSA signed a Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter that "urges the Administration to request $15.65 billion in NSF research and education investments in FY24 as authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act."
Posted 11/3/2022

Final Push for FY2023 Scientific Funding
GSA signed letters from the Coalition for National Science Funding and Energy Sciences Coalition asking congressional leaders to finalize Fiscal Year 2023 funding for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Science.
Posted 11/3/2022

OSTP Director Nomination
GSA and other leading scientific societies sent a letter asking congressional leaders to "promptly consider the nominee Dr. Arati Prabhakar for the position of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)."
Posted 7/21/2022