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In these pages you’ll find fresh policy prescriptions from a community of young and innovative researchers. We began as a group of Harvard science graduate students, and are now a rapidly expanding network of early career scientists.

Who we are not. The authors we feature are not “director of this institute” or “esteemed professor of that university”… yet. The New York Times hasn’t been soliciting them for a comment on the latest piece of science education or funding legislature…yet. As a result, we believe the science policy dialogue is missing an important piece of the equation- the individuals at the bench who do the work that leads to medical breakthroughs and advances in technology.

Who we are.  We are the future of science. The future directors and professors. The current foot soldiers and innovators. We bring expertise and education, but with a unique and underepresented perspective.


Hi friends of science:

Welcome friend! Whether you’re a head of state (or anyone who votes), business mogul (or anyone who consumes), an informed citizen (or someone who isn’t, but looking to change that), you are very welcome here!

Please enjoy this experimental forum for the exchange of ideas. The pieces presented reflect the opinion of the authors. We at policylab may or may not agree with their position. You, also, may or may not agree. So let’s get the dialogue started. Share your perspective in the comments section.


Hi scientists:

Well, you’re probably here for one of two reasons. Either:

1) You are sitting at your desk waiting for your incubation/reaction/program to finish. Sure, you could be analyzing data/grading/reading papers (ha!). But instead you justify your procrastination: “I’m reading about policy issues related to my field. Surely that fits into the productive category.”

Well we are here to feed your delusion. In fact, I’m sure your PI would be more than excited over your well-rounded self-education. Keep it up you informed individual, you!


2) You have some ideas. Maybe stellar ones, maybe not. But either way, you deserve an opportunity to voice your opinions and open the dialogue on policy issues that directly impact your research.

Let us be your soapbox. Check out our submission guidelines or contact us.