Congressional Science Policy Initiative (CSPI) is an effort to facilitate the engagement of scientists, engineers, and technologists with Congressional offices in order to better inform public policy.
CSPI will seek to inform a diverse range of issues, including, but not limited to:
- Benefits and risks of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology.
- Value of scientific research and its role in national security and economic competitiveness.
- Role of STEM graduate schools in producing more policy-oriented scientists.
- Aspects of nuclear arms control and risks associated with nuclear weapons proliferation.
We work with scientists who are part of our community to convey their science-based ideas and approaches into key Congressional hearings.
We work with our community of scientists to inform the work of Congressional offices as they develop initiatives and exercise oversight of the Executive Branch.
We help connect the science community to Congressional offices so that they can serve as a sounding board and resource for lawmakers and their staff.
By joining the FAS Congressional Science Policy Initiative — a network of scientists, engineers, and technologists — you will help build a community that educates lawmakers and their staff on urgent issues in science and technology.
Publications and Outreach
Ali Nouri, “US farmers can teach scientists advocacy,” Nature, 2/5/19
Ali Nouri, “Synthetic biology: A call for a new culture of responsibility,” The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 12/7/18
Ali Nouri, “Synthetic biology and the new culture of responsibility,” SynBioBeta, 10/22/18
Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Impacts of climate change on disease | Facial recognition in law enforcement || Congressional Hearing Readout Issue #6,” 5/3/19
Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “US universities investigating the role of their researchers in the CRISPR baby controversy,” 4/19/19
Congressional Hearing Readout, “US competitiveness, diversity in the sciences, and FBI investigations,” 4/12/19
Congressional Hearing Readout, “Science at NIH, NOAA, and NIST under the knife in 2020 budget proposal,” 4/5/19
Congressional Hearing Readout, “National Science Foundation Budget Request (FY20),” 3/28/19
Congressional Hearing Readout, “Engineering Our Way to a Sustainable Bioeconomy,” 3/21/19
Congressional Hearing Readout, “Maintaining US Leadership in Science and Technology,” 3/15/19
Letter to U.S. Government, “The Shutdown Is Hurting Science,” 1/16/19