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April 30 - May 1

The COSSA Science Policy Conference brings together COSSA members and other stakeholders for a day of discussion about federal policy impacting our science followed by the only annual, coordinated advocacy day in support of all of the social and behavioral sciences.

The keynote address will be delivered by Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College. Beilock is a psychologist who studies how children and adults learn and perform at their best, especially under stress. She is the author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To (2010) and How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel (2015).

Plenary sessions will include a panel entitled “Post Truth: Communicating Facts, Not Fiction,” featuring feature Cary Funk, Director of Science and Society Research at the Pew Research Center, and Melanie Green, Associate Professor Communication at the University at Buffalo, and a panel on “Reestablishing Trust in Social Science & Data,” featuring feature Arthur “Skip” Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and Brian Nosek, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science. The 2018 meeting will feature topical breakout sessions on the theme “Why Social Science?” and will cover National Security, the Opioid Crisis, Natural Disasters, and Criminal Justice.



MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Science Policy Conference
20 F Street NW Conference Center

8:30 am – 5:30 pm COSSA Science Policy Conference
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Celebration of Social and Behavioral Science Rooftop Reception

Keynote Address

Sian Beilock, President, Barnard College

Plenary Sessions

Post Truth: Communicating Facts, Not Fiction
Cary Funk, Director, Science and Society Research, Pew Research Center
Melanie Green, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo

Reestablishing Trust in Social Science & Data
Arthur “Skip” Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
Brian Nosek, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia; Executive Director, Center for Open Science

Breakout Sessions: Why Social Science?

National Security
Opioid Crisis
Natural Disasters
Criminal Justice

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Social Science Advocacy Day
8:30 am – 11:00 am Advocacy Training, 20 F Street NW 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 $259 at the Liaison Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave NW), a five minute walk to/from the 20 F Street NW Conference Center. Use this link when booking or use the group code COSSAM to take advantage of the block rate.


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