MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Political Science

Fundamentals of Science and Technology Public Policy Making: MIT Sci/Tech Policy Bootcamp

William Bonvillian, Director, MIT DC Office

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/11
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants should attend all sessions but it is not mandatory

Examines the public policy behind, & the government's role in science and technology-based innovation system. Emphasis placed on US S&T system, but international examples discussed. Seminar aims to equip those planning careers in and around science and technology with basic background for involvement in science policymaking.
Issues: 1) drivers behind S&T support: growth economics, direct, indirect innovation factors, innovation systems theory, the "valley of death" between R&D and public-private partnership models; 2) organizing framework behind US science agencies, and the DARPA model as an alternative; 3) how innovation is organized when it's face-to-face; 4) barriers and challenges to health science advance; 5) the energy technology challenge - how the science/tech innovation system needs to be organized to meet it within an existing and established complex economic sector; and 6) upcoming competitiveness challenge in advanced manufacturing.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all schools are welcome
Enrollment is limited. Accepted students MUST commit to attend all sessions to earn a spot in the class

Please fill out this web form by December 11 to participate in activity:


Sponsor(s): Political Science, MIT Science Policy Initiative
Contact: Quantum Wei,

Session 1

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Mon 09:00AM-03:00PM 56-114

Session 2

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 09:00AM-03:00PM 56-114

Session 3

Add to Calendar Jan/24 Wed 09:00AM-03:00PM 56-114

Session 4

Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 09:00AM-03:00PM 56-114

Session 5

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 09:00AM-12:00PM 56-114