Don't forget to register for the 2017 COSSA Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day on March 29-30!

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2017 COSSA Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day

March 29 - March 30

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Registration for COSSA’s 2017 Science Policy Conference &
Social Science Advocacy Day is now open!

The 2017 COSSA Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day will take place on March 29-30, 2017 at the 20 F St Conference Center in Washington, DC. The Conference brings together more than 100 members of the social and behavioral science community and provides a platform for COSSA members to engage with leaders of federal agencies, Congressional staff, and colleagues from across the science and higher education communities.

people groupThe Science Policy Conference (formerly the COSSA Annual Meeting) will feature important discussions about social science in the Trump Administration and new Congress and will prepare attendees to take action in support of our sciences. The keynote address will be delivered by University of California, Berkeley sociologist Arlie R. Hochschild, whose book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. Other confirmed speakers include John Sides of the Washington Post’s popular Monkey Cage blog. Planned sessions also include panels on strategies for enhancing student participation in the social sciences on campus and best practices for social and behavioral scientists engaging with the media, among other topics.

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) will be presented with the COSSA Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of their work on last year’s bipartisan science and innovation legislation, at a Congressional reception as part of the conference on March 29.

Representatives from COSSA member organizations may sign up to participate in Social Science Advocacy Day on Thursday, March 30. Participants will attend a morning training session and break into small groups to attend 2-5 meetings with Congressional offices in the House and Senate.

Come to Washington at this critical time and make your voice heard!


Click here for a more detailed agenda.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 – Science Policy Conference
20 F St Conference Center (20 F Street NW, Washington, DC)
8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am: Welcoming Remarks
9:00 – 10:15 am: Keynote Address: Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley)
10:45 – 12:00 pm: Expert Panel: Staying Focused, Moving Forward
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Luncheon
12:30 – 12:45 pm: From Research to Reward: Communicating the Value of Social Science
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Breakout Session A: Mobilizing Students as Ambassadors for Science 
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Breakout Session B: Promoting Your Expertise with National Media Outlets
2:15 – 3:15 pm: Breakout Session A: Social Science in Government Service
2:15 – 3:15 pm: Breakout Session B: Advocating for Social Science from Home
3:45 – 5:00 pm: Plenary: The Benefits of Public Engagement by Social ScientistsJohn Sides (The Monkey Cage, Washington Post)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Celebration of Social and Behavioral Science Congressional Reception
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485
RSVP here

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Social Science Advocacy Day
8:30 am – 11:00 am Advocacy Training, 20 F St Conference Center
11:30 am – 5:00 pm Congressional Meetings, Capitol Hill 


We are pleased to offer a special nightly block rate to Conference participants of $279 at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/ U.S. Capitol (1225 First Street NE). Use this link when booking to get the block rate or book over the phone and use the SRP code SCI. Book now– the block rate expires on February 28!


Thank you to our sponsors!
Click here to learn more about becoming a conference sponsor— including how to get up to 2 FREE conference registrations

Platinum Sponsors

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Looking for information from our 2016 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day? Click here.



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20 F Street Conference Center
20 F St, NW
Washington, DC United States