Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES Special Seminar: How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

CIRES Special Seminar: How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

Shali Mohleji

How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

Thursday, June 19, 1-2 pm, CIRES auditorium

Abstract: Society increasingly relies on science and technology to meet needs and solve problems. For example, the technology for our communication systems is critical for our daily communication and information needs. Meanwhile our diverse scientific knowledge has helped us solve certain environmental degradation problems. With growing needs and problems, the role of science and technology is more important than ever.

If we broadly define the term policy to mean decisions, science policy then refers to decisions about science and decisions using science. Therefore science policy is valuable to the scientific community. While connecting science to societal applications and policy appears straightforward, in reality it is highly nuanced and sensitive, requiring careful deliberation and navigation. This talk will explore some of the nuances in connecting science to society and the sensitivities at the intersection of science and policy. The discussion will also describe different paths through which scientists can engage in the policy process and how to navigate such engagement responsibly and effectively. Finally, the talk will highlight the current weather and climate issues of interest to Congress.

Bio: Shali Mohleji is a senior policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program. Her interest areas focus on science policy, including how scientists engage in the policy process, the culture of science, and federal science management. She is also interested in natural disaster policy related to socioeconomic impacts, institutional dynamics, and governance.

She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, with a concentration in atmospheric sciences, from the University of Virginia; a master's degree in atmospheric sciences, with a focus in boundary layer meteorology, from Purdue University; and a Ph.D. from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.


CIRES Auditorium - University of Colorado