Last week, I participated at the annual NSPN science policy symposium in New York City, an event organized by SEPA – an association of scholars among Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University.
This event focused on bringing together early career scientists with an interest science policy, advocacy and diplomacy across the U.S. and also worldwide. The programme included speakers, panels and workshops, with the purpose to provide an environment where scientists can interact and form connections that will lead to new collaborations and projects.
In fact, the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) works to provide a collaborative resource portal for early-career scientists in different fields, shared a platform to support national and regional grants, internships and competitions, and science or education policy as a career path. This symposium was important in order to understand how scientists can communicate to non-scientific audiences for advocacy and general public outreach.
Kerri-Ann Jones talk
Among the keynote speakers: Frances Colón CEO of Jasperi Consulting: former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Dalal Najib, Senior program officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Kerri-Ann Jones, Vice President at The Pew Charitable Trusts.
I also was given the opportunity to present my Marie Curie work on "CONSUMEHealth. Using consumer science to improve healthy eating habits”.