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Jordon-Thaden, Ingrid [1], Skogen , Krissa Ann [2], Tuominen , L.K. [3].

Using Our Science to Inform Public Policy.

While most policymakers respect and value science, scientists are often unintentionally excluded from policy initiatives. Meanwhile, within our own profession we may feel pressure to avoid participating in public policy, uncertain whether we should risk being perceived as less objective by our peers. As long as this gap persists, policymakers will lack the full information necessary to make informed decisions and scientists will find ourselves surprised at some of the decisions elected officials make on our behalf. How can we scientists provide input on the relevance and value of our work in ways that are effective while ensuring the integrity of our profession? This workshop is intended to help participants view the full spectrum from science to public policy to political organizing and to find entry points by which they can begin to support policy decisions that are based on evidence and supportive of science. The workshop will include: A discussion panel of scientists with a range of public policy experience, Breakout teams to learn specific ways to participate in public policy, and An introduction to the Botany Policy Network (BPN), an initiative of the ASPT Environment and Public Policy Committee (EPPC) and the BSA Public Policy Committee (PPC) based on input from members of our societies. Discussion panel participants will include scientists who have helped write and build support for the federal "Botany Bill," contributed input to state-level environmental rulemaking, participated in the implementation of international conservation and plant trade agreements, worked as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and lobbied for NSF funding on Capitol Hill as part of Congressional Visits Day. Panelists will lead breakout teams based on participants' interests, helping to identify personalized ways to link scientists' prior experiences and future goals with at least one opportunity. Participants will learn how to be effective at their chosen entry point to public policy with "insider knowledge," verbal or written practice, and take-home information on best practices. Finally, participants can help build the sustainability of public policy efforts among our societies by providing input on the Botany Policy Network, a new professional network intended to enhance communication about local and regional policy issues to botanists. Relevance:

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1 - University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Botany, 144 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI, 53706, USA
2 - Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, 60022, USA
3 - John Carroll University, Department of Biology, 1 John Carroll Blvd, University Heights, OH, 44118, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W13, Using Our Science to Inform Public Policy
Location: 109/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: W13001
Abstract ID:52
Candidate for Awards:None

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