As public policies become increasingly complex and technical in nature, there is a clear need for scientifically informed solutions to major public policy challenges. However, most researchers do not have the training to effectively engage with policymakers.

This interactive workshop will provide an essential introduction to the policymaking process through the lens of the U.S. federal government, while providing specific steps researchers can take to engage policy stakeholders and articulate the policy implications of their work. Rather than focus on the policies and funding decisions that support research, it will instead provide an understanding of how research results can and should impact the difficult decisions policymakers must make. Participants will develop:

  • A better understanding the role research and evidence play in the creation of public policy
  • Strategies for informing the policymaking community with research results
  • An initial pitch for policy audiences
  • An appreciation of the importance of building two-way dialogues with policymakers

Preregistration and completion of a short pre-workshop survey are required

This workshop is now full. If you are interested in attending, you may stop by the Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton, before the workshop begins to see if spots have become available.

This program is brought to you through the collaborative efforts of the MRS Government Affairs Committee and MRS Public Outreach Committee.


Daniel Pomeroy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel Pomeroy is the Managing Director and Senior Policy Advisor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Policy Laboratory Center for International Studies. The Policy Laboratory works with faculty and researchers at MIT to ensure that policy-relevant research makes its way into the hands of appropriate policymakers. Outside of this work, he serves on the external advisory board and steering committees of a number of programs designed to increase civic engagement and expand career opportunities of scientists. These include Boston University’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program, the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition and Harvard Medical School's Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI). Prior to working at MIT, Pomeroy received his PhD degree in physics from Brandeis University in 2012, studying high energy physics as part of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey. He also has extensive experience in grassroots political organizing, running volunteer LGBT rights campaigns as well as professionally directing field offices during the 2008 elections.