Leadership in Science Policy Institute
As part of its mission to develop a next generation of leaders in the computing research community, CRA’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) holds the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI), intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works.
LiSPI is centered around a two day workshop and features presentations and discussions with science policy experts, current and former Hill staff, and relevant agency and Administration personnel about mechanics of the legislative process, interacting with agencies, advisory committees, and the federal case for computing.
LiSPI participants are expected to:
- complete a reading assignment and a short written homework prior to attending the workshop, so that time spent at the workshop can focus on more advanced content
- attend the workshop, which includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a reception with the speakers and invited guests at the conclusion of the day
- complete a small-group assignment afterwards that puts to use the workshop content on a CCC-inspired problem — perhaps writing an argument in favor of particular initiative for an agency audience, or drafting sample testimony on a CCC topic.
LiSPI is not intended for individuals who wish to undertake research on science policy, become science policy fellows, or take permanent positions in Washington, DC. Rather, the goal is to reach work-a-day academics who appreciate that our field must be engaged in helping government.
The CCC provides funds for hotel accommodations for two nights of local expenses (hotel, meals). Nominees are expected to pay their own travel expenses, though there is a limited fund available for participants who cannot attend unless their travel is provided.
The LiSPI Workshop has been held two times before. The first workshop, held in the Fall of 2011 in DC, was attended by thirty-four computer scientists and engineers from 25 different universities and research organizations. The second workshop was held in Spring of 2013 (also in Washington) and was attended by 53 attendees from 47 different institutions.
CCC Blog and CRN Articles
Eligibility and Nomination Process
LiSPI participants are expected to have the experience and flexibility in current positions to engage with government. University faculty members should be from CS or IS departments and be post-tenure; industrial researchers should have comparable seniority. Participants should be adept at communicating. They must be nominated by their chair or department head and must have demonstrated an interest in science policy, particularly as it relates to computer science (and closely allied fields).
Specifically, the nomination process is as follows:
- A chair or department head proposes a LiSPI candidate by providing the name and institution of the nominee, along with a letter of recommendation.
- The candidate will then be contacted by the CCC and asked to submit a CV, a short essay detailing their interests in science policy, and an indication of whether they would require financial aid to attend.
The LiSPI selection committee will evaluate each nomination based on record of accomplishment, proven ability to communicate, and promise.
Please discuss this opportunity with your colleagues, identify those you believe would be interested in participating, and submit nominations here!
Date: November 6-7, 2017
Location: Hotel Sofitel, 806 15th Street NW Washington D.C.
The CCC will provide funds for hotel accommodations for two nights of local expenses (hotel, meals) for the November 6-7 workshop. Nominees are expected to pay their own travel expenses, though there will be a limited fund available for participants who cannot attend unless their travel is provided.
2017 agenda is TBD.