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STPF groups are formed and managed by current and alumni fellows. They provide a forum to meet and discuss issues related to areas of targeted interest, including various areas of science, policy, and other topical issues. Affinity group activities range from presentations and discussions with expert guest speakers, to monthly meetings and gatherings over coffee, workshops, full day symposia, and multi-day conferences. Social groups do not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. Social groups are available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by AAAS.
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STPF Affinity Group: Advanced Manufacturing

 This group shares and advances knowledge and passion for advanced manufacturing and sustainability in the U.S. and develops a network of advocates.

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STPF Affinity Group: STEAM Team

The AAAS Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Team aims to enhance the development of fellows and their communities by encouraging a multi-directional exchange of values and ideas between fellows, the general population, and groups traditionally underrepresented in STEAM. To accomplish this task, the AAAS STEAM Team fellows have established three primary tenets: mentoring at K-12 schools, catalyzing diversity and inclusion with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and improving the communication and community engagement skills of participating fellows. The ultimate goal of the AAAS STEAM Team is to enable fellows, the general population, and groups traditionally underrepresented in STEAM to participate and feel a sense of belonging in the narrative and process of science.

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STPF Affinity Group: Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Science and Technology Studies (STS) looks to enrich our understanding of science policy and communication of the complexity of the place of science in society. This is a theoretical and applied field that explores the coproduction of science, technology, and society. STS views all scientific knowledge as socially embedded, and considers technologies in their social, political, and material context.

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STPF Social Group: SPRQLE

SPRQLE (Science Policy Requires a Queer Lens for Excellence, pronounced “sparkle”) is a new social group for AAAS STPF fellows and alumni who identify under the LGBTIQ umbrella. SPRQLE members gather at monthly meet-ups, both virtual and in-person as conditions allow, and the group plans to offer informal networking with both early-career and established LGBTIQ professionals outside of AAAS STPF. All members of the LGBTIQ community are welcome — prospective SPRQLErs can email the co-chairs Michael Bellecourt ( and Nathan Boyd ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: One Health

The One Health Affinity Group (formerly Global Health) strives to advance the understanding and integration of the ways that human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected. According to the Quadripartite (WHO, FAO, WOAH, UNEP), “One Health is a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependence among the health of ecosystems, wild and domestic animals, and humans to achieve resilient and sustainable outcomes across complex systems from local to global levels.” Our group feels strongly that many of the problems facing us today can and should be approached from a One Health perspective. We aim to facilitate conversations that cross sectors and allow collaborations between groups that might not otherwise have thought to work together. 

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STPF Affinity Group: U.S. Healthcare Policy

The U.S. Healthcare Policy Affinity Group looks at foundational issues, hot topics, and careers in U.S. healthcare policy with a focus on biomedical and technological advancements.

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STPF Affinity Group: Data Users/R Users Group

This group advances the mission of making data more accessible by sharing methods of implementation. The covid 19 pandemic has highlighted that many citizens are willing and in fact, would like to look at data for themselves. One of the things that this group discusses and brings to the forefront is how is data represented, its reach and limitations but also methods for interacting with data that are more clear and open, and FAIR. This group also shares knowledge about the statistical programming language R and its use in the federal government.

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Policy, Advocacy and Engagement Discussions

To answer the call for a better forum for communication and networking around today's science advocacy efforts, this online group can be used to share ideas, actions, and collaboration.
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STPF Alumni Group: Minnesota

This group is for STPF alumni in Minnesota to connect with each other and share fellow updates, science policy events, news and more!
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STPF Affinity Group: Energy/Climate

A network of science and engineering leaders with an interest in energy and climate issues.
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