||This symposium seeks to inform students and professionals about the relationship between materials scientists and the science policy community. It will provide real-world examples and first-hand experiences of program managers, administrators, academic researchers, industry professionals, and congressional consultants working in science policy, as these individuals all collaborate to develop guidelines for future research. Specifically, the symposium will focus on the interconnection between the scientific community and science policies, the common obstacles that should be addressed in order to move forward with future research, and how science policy decisions affect the various scientific and engineering communities.
Solicited topics include:
-Educating, representing, and advocating in public and government affairs on behalf of the materials community
-Evaluation of research from various perspectives including national labs, industry, and academia within the framework of science policy
-Determination of research funding priorities and portfolios
-Role of public-private funding initiatives in scientific research (e.g. LIFT, America Makes, NSF IUCRCs)
-Transitioning from research to working in science policy
-The evolution of scientific policy and future directions