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Meeting 2019 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Science Policy within the Materials Research Community
Sponsorship TMS: Education Committee
Organizer(s) Kathleen Chou, Eaton Corporation
Ashley M. Hilmas, Air Force Research Laboratory
Peter Meisenheimer, University of Michigan
Max Powers, University of Michigan
Brian Tobelmann, University of Michigan
Scope 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

Abstracts Due 07/16/2018
Proceedings Plan Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume

Advocating the Vital Importance of Support for Materials Research and Engineering Education in our Representative Democracy
From the Lab to The Hill: How to Get a Job in Policy and What You’ll Do When You Get There
How Science Policy Really Gets Done in Congress
Opportunities and Trends in Materials Engineering Research Funding at the National Science Foundation
Program Management in a Federal Agency
Role of Public-private Initiatives in Scientific Research
The Interplay of Materials Research, Advocacy, and Policy Development
The MGI and Materials Research Policy

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