Public Policy

The Public Policy Committee was formed in 2017, and advises the Council on issues of science and public policy. The Public Policy Committee monitors changes to policies and laws that impact evolution as a field, the support of scientific research, and/or the research of SSE members.

To bring issues of relevance to the attention of the committee, please contact the Public Policy Committee chair at policy [at]


United States

How to contact your Congress and House representatives:

  • Enter your address, compose an email to your representatives, and will send it for you.
  • CallYourRep: Enter your address, and CallYourRep will give you the phone numbers of your representatives.
  • Resistbot: Text RESIST to 50409 or message @Resistbot on Facebook and it will find out who represents you in Congress and deliver your message to them.
  • GovTrack: Use GovTrack to research and track legislation in the United States Congress, including Members of Congress, bills and resolutions, voting records, and committee activity.

Policy Training for Scientists:

The American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) Public Policy Office works at the interface of science and public policy. The office, staffed by science policy professionals, works to promote the use of biological sciences knowledge in our nation's public policy, and to develop and advance science policy that serves the needs of the scientific research and education communities, particularly the biological sciences.

  • The AIBS Congressional Visits Day: Meet with your members of Congress to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences. Advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.
  • The AIBS Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials in their home state--not in Washington, DC--and allows policymakers to learn first-hand about the science and research facilities in their district.



United Kingdom

Organizations engaged in science policy:

The Royal Society provides independent, timely and authoritative scientific advice to UK, European and international decision makers.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public-policy issues related to science and technology.

The Royal Society of Biology engages in policy work and offers policy resources.

The Alliance for Useful Evidence is a network, hosted by the UK’s innovation charity Nesta, that champions the smarter use of evidence in social policy and practice.


Public Policy Training for Scientists:

British Ecological Society Policy Fellowship: With funding of up to £20,000, The BES Policy Fellowship will offer a mid-career ecologist (at least five years post-PhD) the chance to spend up to six months on a placement embedded within Defra or one of its agencies.

Have useful links from the country you live in? Please send them to us!

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