Science and Policy
Seminar Series and Summer Workshop
A project of the Global Agricultural
Science and Policy Initiative,
through an endowment to the ISU Agronomy
The influence of scientists
on public policy, by some accounts, has been declining for the last 30
years. Although science and
technology significantly shape the organization and development of society,
most scientists are not directly involved in policy making and many have little
or no input and sometimes limited familiarity with the changing realities of
the policy realm. This project
aims to help ISU faculty, staff and graduate students more effectively fulfill
the land-grant mission by increasing their understanding of how policies and
regulations are established, encouraging and expanding communications and
collaborations between natural and social scientists, and enhancing the
capacity for engaged citizenship on the part of the ISU community.
The project has two phases. The first is a "Science & Policy Seminar Series" (Spring 2003-Spring 2004) for faculty, staff and students, in which noted scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines speak on the productive intersections and potential tensions they have observed between science and policy in their fields of interest. Topics in the series thus far have
included HACCP regulations, hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, bioterrorism
research and policy, and obesity policy and intervention.
The second phase, building on the first, will be a three-day workshop for approximately 25 faculty/senior scientists and 15 graduate students, to be held mid-May 2004. The workshop will provide an in-depth
exploration of the rationale for and approaches to more effective connections
between science and policy. Five
to six national speakers will be brought in and the format will include both
in-depth case studies and the development of practical skills (e.g. oral
communication, policy brief writing).
Drawing on policies and regulations relevant to agriculture at the state
and federal level, the workshop will help participants to understand better the
potential role of science and scientists in establishing policies and
regulations, as well as the societal consequences, both intended and
unintended, of many policies and regulations.
departments in the Science and Policy Seminar Series Project and Summer
Workshop include Agronomy, Economics, Natural Resource Ecology and Management,
Plant Pathology, Political Science, Sociology and the Office of Biotechnology.
Contact: Dr. Clare Hinrichs, Dept. of Sociology, 515-294-5154, email@example.com