Science Policy: What is it?


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Science policy is one of those “alternative” careers for scientists, but what is it really?  In its most simplistic sense, it is the policy around science, much the same way we think of business policy, education policy, or housing policy. 

But there are also complex meanings to science policy.  There are at least four ways to think of science policy. A career in science policy may involve any number of these four (or even something else since the field is very broad):


Developing policy for science