Voices for Science

2019 Media/Comms Track

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.

2019 Policy Track

Meet the 2019 class!

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.

Successes and testimonials:
Meet the 2018 Voices for Science  class, and learn more about them and the impact of the initiative here.

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.

Check back in late 2019 for updates on the 2020 application!