My first introduction to policy on a national level came when I moved to Washington DC in 2010, when my wife took a position there. Once relocated, I took the opportunity to apply for and was accepted as a Congressional Fellow. The Congressional Fellowship programme is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The approximately 30 Fellows are selected and funded by individual scientific societies such as the American Chemical Society, the American Mathematical Society, and in my case the Geological Society of America and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The aim of the Congressional...

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