Now more than ever, communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to policy and other decision makers, journalists, and public audiences is critically important.
AGU’s Voices for Science supports and fosters a network of exceptional science-communication and science-policy advocates based in the U.S. to amplify the voice of science and build valuable dialogues and relationships with communities, journalists, and stakeholders.
AGU is accepting applications for the 2019 Class now. Application Deadline: 1 February.
- Apply for the Policy Track (for those who want to engage primarily with policy makers)
- Apply for the Media/Public Communications Track (for those who want to engage primarily with media/public audiences)
Voices for Science advocates:
- Are flown in to Washington, D.C. (travel costs covered) for an interactive, two-day workshop where they get to meet their cohort as well as the AGU staff liaisons who will work with them all year.
- Get help in tailoring a personalized plan of communication/policy actions to take all year (at least one per month).
- Become part of a strong and supportive community of other scientists who share their goals.
- Receive regular contact and one-on-one assistance from AGU staff to help them achieve their goals.
- Have their actions and successes widely promoted by fellow advocates and AGU.
- Can receive program-specific grants to help them with their outreach/policy efforts.
- Have flights, registration, and some hotel expenses for Fall Meeting covered for them.
- Receive recognition from their institutions.
Because of the commitment required for the initiative, AGU requires participants to:
- Go through a rigorous application process.
- Attend a two-day workshop in Washington, DC 9-10 April 2019 (travel costs covered).
- For those in the policy track, participate in a congressional visit day as part of the April workshop.
- Make a written commitment to conducting outreach activities at least once per month for a twelve-month period.
- Attend AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA (travel costs covered).
A maximum of 15 applicants will be accepted into each track. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science communication and a strong desire to engage with a variety of audiences and to speak out about the importance of Earth and space science. Applicants from Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and New Hampshire are strongly encouraged to apply. These states were chosen to reflect geographic diversity, address AGU’s strategic priorities, and consider the positions their elected officials hold on Capitol Hill.
The application deadline is 1 February, and approved applicants will be notified by 22 February.