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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: AgriNuts

Focus on domestic and international agriculture issues and ensuring proper access to nutrition.

Contact the co-chairs Margaret Nagai-Singer (, Maxim Kos (, Stephanie Mutchler (, and William Singer ( to join and get event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: Biodiversity

Fosters networking opportunities and promotes professional development and outreach within the conservation community.
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STPF Affinity Group: Energy/Climate

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

Contact the co-chairs Jay Gulledge (, Lisa Guay (, and Martin Wolf ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Learn about skills/experiences related to managing and scaling enterprises.
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STPF Affinity Group: NeuroPolicy

Learning about the intersection of neuroscience with policy, law, ethics, media, and society.
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STPF Affinity Group: Science Diplomacy

Explores how science and technology cooperation can be used as a tool for diplomacy both between governments and between non-state actors.

Contact the co-chairs Brian Leung (, Karina Villa (, and Sudeep Kanungo ( to join and get event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: Water

The Water Affinity Group focuses on the different aspects of the critical water issues of our time. From inland waterways to the ocean, including, but not limited to: drinking water infrastructure, emerging contaminants, groundwater extraction and other water resources, and harmful algal blooms. Water-related issues intersect other topical areas such as natural hazards, food security, climate change, foreign relations, energy, and environmental justice. Whether you are a water enthusiast or want to explore how water connects to other crucial issues, this group will focus on the interests of the current membership and topical subjects of the present.

Contact the co-chairs Bria Jamison ( and Jordin Metz ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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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 Affinity Group: Social Science

Fellows who are applying social science research in their host office to exchange knowledge, resources, and ideas.
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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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