A confocal image of Dscam2 isoform B expression in the Drosophila optic lobe during mid pupal development. Colors are inverted to highlight the complexity of neuronal projections within the brain. This image was featured on the November 2018 issue of GENETICS. In this issue, Kerwin et al. characterise the morphological and synaptic defects associated with the mis-expression of Dscam2 isoforms. In the visual system, regulated Dscam2 isoform expression is essential in attaining the appropriate number of synapses. See Kerwin et al., 208: 717–728.


Impactful policy needs the active engagement of scientists, who are critical to ensuring that government and funder decisions at all levels reflect scientific knowledge and sustain support for innovation. GSA is dedicated to helping our members more effectively advocate for science and for scientists.

Policy Fellowship Database

Are you interested in a public policy career? The GSA Policy Fellowship Database highlights policy training opportunities for scientists. You can filter by required education, location, compensation, application deadline, and other features, making it easier to find opportunities that fit your unique needs. Curated by the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee.

Advocacy Resources

Need help getting involved in US-based advocacy? Make use of the tools, advice, and information provided by our partners at the Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB). GSA members are also invited to represent our Society at a FASEB Hill Day, in which scientists travel to Capitol Hill to speak directly with policymakers about critical issues that affect their work.

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Policy Statements

When issues that affect the scientific community arise, GSA understands the importance of clearly communicating our position. Public policy statements are reviewed and approved by the GSA Board of Directors and/or Executive Committee, as are those letters drafted by other policy coalitions and signed by GSA.

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Policy Partnerships

By partnering with policy coalitions that unite the scientific and biological research communities, we support the causes that matter the most to you and your fellow scientists. We work closely with the following organizations in tracking emerging policy issues and coordinating advocacy actions. Be the first to know when your voice is needed by signing up for email advocacy alerts from each of our partners, linked below.

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Accessibility: A journey of learning and change 

People with disabilities pursuing STEM careers frequently face hardships, discrimination, stereotypes, and ableism that hamper their growth and well-being. Inability to comply with ADA guidelines has created barriers to accessibility, which worsened with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as the world transitioned to a virtual way of living. In 2020, many organizations, such as…

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An introduction to science advocacy and policy: a short course from FASEB

Developing humankind’s scientific understanding of our modern world is contingent on the policies and facilitators that are funding our prospective research. Over the past several decades, government policies and initiatives have been enacted to promote groundbreaking research across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Breakthrough discoveries are occurring almost every day, yet the…

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Lance David Miller: Lighting Your Own Fire by Finding the Right Resources

By Daniel J. Gironda In the Paths to Science Policy series, we talk to individuals who have a passion for science policy and are active in advocacy through their various roles and careers. The series...

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by Early Career Scientist Committees

I found Hill Day to be an equalizing experience—early career scientists are just as able to advocate effectively as senior faculty. Our advocacy needs to be as diverse as our community!

Giovanna Collu, GSA representative at a FASEB Hill Day and former Co-chair of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee
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