Member, Science Policy Committee
Position Description/Responsibilities


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year nominated and ending on June 30 of the third year.


  • Serve as a voting representative and liaison of the member society on FASEB’s Science Policy Committee (SPC)
  • Participate in monthly SPC video conferences (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings expected)
    • Review call materials (distributed five days prior to each call)
    • Provide input on action and discussion items


The Board seeks to include the broad diversity of the biological and biomedical sciences, but recognizes these are appointed positions through the authority of the member societies. Nonetheless, biographic and demographic diversity is important and should be considered as an overarching goal when a member society appoints its representative.

The SPC serves as FASEB’s policy “think tank” and is charged with developing policy statements and initiatives for consideration by the FASEB Board of Directors. Therefore, we recommend that SPC appointees have the following characteristics:

  • Expertise relevant to FASEB’s core science policy topics, including but not limited to animal research, training and workforce development, clinical research, data sharing, and research evaluation
  • Demonstrated interest in policies overseeing biological and biomedical research
  • Working knowledge of federal agency processes
  • Prior or current engagement with member society science policy committee (or related group)

Time Commitment

  • Monthly 1-hour video conferences (11 total; no meeting in December), plus time required to review materials for each meeting
  • 1-3 hours quarterly for subcommittee video conferences (varies based on committee), plus time to review materials for each meeting
  • 6-8 hours devoted to annual Science Policy Symposium (may be virtual or in-person in Washington, DC)