Science Policy

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Science Policy Fellowship

Spend a year working with GSA’s Director for Geoscience Policy to bring science and scientists into the policy process in Washington, D.C.

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GeoHealth Solutions

GSA recently partnered with the NSF to gather actionable ideas to address geoscience and human health challenges. The Society is grateful to its members and the broader community for their thoughtful input.

Learn more and read the report

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


FY22: Less than expected increases for science
An omnibus package spending package passed in March 2022 increases funding for all science agencies, but falls short of proposals by the Biden administration and congressional appropriators.

Posted 3/18/2022

Revisiting the 1872 Mining Law
In October 2021 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee met to examine and consider updates to the General Mining Law of 1872.

Posted 1/6/2022

Times are Changing: How the New Biden Administration and 117th Congress are Addressing Climate Change
Since Inauguration Day on 20 January, 2021, the Biden Administration has focused on addressing the climate crisis.

Posted 2/22/2021

Testimony & Letters

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

Letter Urges Congress to Reach Final Agreement on Innovation and Competitiveness Legislation
GSA joined leading scientific organizations in sending a letter asking Congress to reach agreement on an innovation bill by the end of July, noting that it “would strengthen American science and innovation and make the U.S. more competitive and more secure for years to come.”
Posted 7/6/2022

Testimony Highlights Priorities for NASA
As part of the Coalition for Aerospace and Science, GSA signed a letter "in support of robust and sustained federal investment in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."
Posted 5/24/2022