Four SPG members–Stephanie Mack, Jo Bairzin, Clarke Knight, and Andrew Bremer–recently had the opportunity to join nearly 200 graduate students from across the country at the “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” (CASE) conference in Washington, D.C. Organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the annual CASE conference provides STEM students an in-depth look into science policy at the federal level. The conference covered topics ranging from the budget and appropriations process, tools for effective science communication and civic engagement, and why good policy isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to passing a bill.Join Stephanie, Jo, Clarke, and Andrew in a “Lessons Learned” seminar on Wednesday, April 11th from 6-8 in the Toll Room at the UC Berkeley Alumni House. They will discuss key takeaways from the conference and their experiences visiting with policymakers on Capitol Hill. A networking reception will follow for attendees to connect with other campus community members interested in the intersection of science and policy. Please be sure to RSVP if you plan on coming. An additional Lessons Learned seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 24th from 12-1pm in Anthony Hall (no RSVP needed).