We are excited to announce that the SPOT SciPol Symposium will return this year on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Northwestern University Evanston campus from 10am-3pm!


Attendance is limited, so register as soon as possible! Registration will be open from March 1 to March 31.


Mission: The SPOT Symposium is a conference designed to enable grad students or postdocs (in any field!) to explore the interface of science and policy through a series of interactive workshops and engaging expert panels. As shown in the schedule below, programming at the meeting will provide opportunities for attendees to network with scientists, policymakers, science communicators, and other students interested in science policy. Attendees will learn how to apply their STEM training toward non-academic activities and career paths.


Questions? Email



Program Schedule 


9:15-10am: Check-in and breakfast 


10-10:15am: Opening Remarks

  • SPOT Organizing Team


10:15–11am: Keynote Address

  • Kimberly Gray

Prof., Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University


11:10am-12pm: Panel

  • Edyta Sitko

Union for Concerned Scientists

  • Monica Meltzer

Illinois Science Council

  • Jeff Margolis

Innovation Strategies

  • Moderator: Laura Farr

Director of State and Local Relations, Government Relations at Northwestern University


12:10–1pm: Lunch/Networking 


1:10-3pm: Breakout Workshops

  • Applying to the AAAS Fellowship


  • Science Diplomacy: the Malta Conference


  • Health Policy


  • Writing Policy Briefs


3-3:30: Closing Session

  • SPOT Organizing Team


4-6pm: Happy Hour (TBA)