Political Conference

What Youcan learn!

Classes and workshop topics include:

Level 1: Introduction to Science and Technology Policy

History, Organization, Analysis, and Communication

Level 2: Public Policy Analysis for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals

Level 3: Public Policy Analytical Methods

The intensity of analysis increases from Level 1 to Level 3, but you do not need to take the Level 1 class before Level 2, or the Level 2 class before Level 3. 


Think about it like the difference between a walk, a jog, and a run.  You can begin running right away, but you might want to build up your knowledge and thinking first to get the most of of the program.


As long as you’re willing to undertake the level of work involved, you can handle the content in each class – particularly as scientists, engineers, and health professionals are used to quantitative methods and thinking.

In the future, the Academy may also offer subject-specific classes focused on topics such as innovation policy, energy policy, environmental policy, information and data policy, and health policy.

Level 1: Introduction to Science & TechnologyPolicy

The Level 1 class is for those interested in science and technology (S&T) policy, and who want to transform their thinking into an S&T policy mindset.

In most situations, this is one of the student's earliest encounters with either S&T policy or public policy analysis, and they have not attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) CASE workshop.

Level 2: Public Policy Analysis 

This class is meant for those who have actively been involved in S&T policy in some way. At this stage, students probably have a good basic understanding of the topics covered in Level 1 and have attended seminars on non-academic careers, but they probably have not had any educational exposure to public policy analysis or only in a limited way.


For example, they might have attended the AAAS CASE workshop, are currently or are an alumnus of a national or state S&T policy fellowship program, or who are very active in their disciplinary society policy activities. 


You do not need to have taken the Level 1 class to take the Level 2  class.

Level 3: Public Policy Analytical Methods

At its highest level, policy analysis is based on a number of qualitative and quantitative techniques.  At Level 3, you’ll learn about some of the techniques that most commonly arise in public policy discussions. 

You do not need to take Level 1 or Level 2 classes to take a Level 3 class.

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