About the Committee
This committee addresses issues of public policy to effect change, educate and influence decision makers and provides input from the BSA perspective on public policy documents, strategic plan documents from federal agencies, and reports requesting input from plant biologists. The committee works closely with numerous societies including the American Society of Plant Taxonomy (ASPT) and American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member volunteering to serve as Chair.
Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee. This committee encourages past winners of the Public Policy Award and the Botanical Advocacy Leadership Grant to get involved with the committee.
The Public Policy Committee meets at least quarterly (ideally every other month), as well as during the annual Botany conference. Members serve three-year terms, except for student members whose terms are for two years.
This committee has one student as part of its composition. A student representative on this committee would attend committee meetings, vote on candidates for awards (BSA Public Policy Award, Botany Advocacy Leadership Grant), respond to information related to sign-on letters, and provide feedback on policy documents in development.
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