U.S. Advocacy Programs

Early Career Policy Ambassadors

The SfN Early Career Policy Ambassadors Program is a year-long program for early career scientists interested in science policy and advocacy.

In this program, ambassadors learn how to become effective advocates for science and how to encourage others to do the same.

After participating in Capitol Hill Day in the spring, the ambassadors commit to engaging in at least two additional advocacy-related activities at their home institution over the course of the year. The program is designed to provide ambassadors with an understanding of how to become effective advocates for science and how to encourage others to do the same.

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If you have questions, email advocacy@sfn.org or call (202) 962-4000.

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What types of activities do ambassadors perform?

Ambassadors have great discretion in their activities for the year. In the past, ambassadors have:

  • Interacted with Congress
    • Ambassadors have held in-district meetings; lab tours; town hall meetings; and legislator visits to Brain Fairs and symposia.
  • Spread the Word
    • Ambassadors have given presentations to other scientists about science policy and advocacy, with audiences of tens to hundreds. Ambassadors have also written science policy blogs; articles in university newspapers; and OpEds.
  • Performed Public Outreach
    • Many ambassadors have engaged in outreach activities, into which they incorporate their policy and advocacy knowledge. Ambassadors have been creative in their use of social media, petition drives, “science cafes,” and brain awareness events to get the word out about these issues. 

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If you have questions, email advocacy@sfn.org or call (202) 962-4000.

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