WHEN: January 14-24, 2013
WHERE: Harvard Cambridge campus, TBA
HOSTED BY: Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group
Students in the sciences are increasingly looking for ways to stay informed and become engaged and influential in policy discussions both extracurricularly and as they explore career paths outside academia. This course will serve as an introduction to the practice of shaping policy with expertise from the realms of science and technology. Students will gain exposure to crucial current issues at the intersection between science and policy through seminar-style discussions and case study-analysis, and will participate in designing products to influence policy such as memos and op-ed articles. The course will be coordinated and taught by members of the GSAS Science Policy Group and Bina Venkataraman, an advisor to Obama’s Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and Director of Global Policy Initiatives for the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. The course will be held on the Cambridge campus and will meet 6 times during the weeks of January 14-25. The course is not for university credit but students will receive a certificate of completion. The course is open to Harvard graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Lesson 1: Mon Jan 14 10-11:30 am
An introduction: How does and can science shape policy? What are the pressing issues facing this generation where science and technology can influence the agenda?
Lesson 2: Wed Jan 16 10-11:30 am
Forms of engaging in science policy: Examined through case studies and an introduction to writing opinion-editorial articles.
Lesson 3: Fri Jan 18 10-11:30 am
Creating a policy agenda: Brainstorming potential science policy issues and choosing a topic for the writing project
Lesson 4: Mon Jan 21 10-11:30 am
Writing about science for policymakers and the public: a workshop
Lesson 5: Wed Jan 23 10-11:30 am
Put Me Through to Washington: The policy memo as a vehicle for shaping Presidential agendas.
Lesson 6: Thurs Jan 24 10-11:30 am
Final presentations and seminar: students will present their policy writing pieces and have a group discussion
Register: Attendance is limited and registration is required at http://goo.gl/yaN8h. Email email@example.com