About The Science & Technology Program

Progress, innovation and the overall well-being of society depend on knowledge and inventions resulting from advances in science and technology. However, public policy plays a significant role in providing adequate funding of research, informing the public about science and related contemporary ethical debates, and ensuring that society benefits from the applications of scientific and technological innovation. The relationship between science and policy is important; yet, ever-expanding gaps between scientific knowledge, timely application and appropriate policy persist. It is becoming increasingly crucial to enhance communication between the scientific community, the public and policymakers.

The mission of the Science and Technology Policy Program is to engage policymakers and scientists in substantive dialogue with the hope that policy will more accurately reflect and be more consistent with current scientific knowledge. The program organizes workshops, lectures, research projects and conferences to bring attention to and help bridge the gap between science and public policy. Issues of interest include space, health and medicine, energy and the environment, national and domestic security, science education, and the public’s understanding and trust of science.

Contact Us

Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Professor of Physics & Astronomy,  and Senior Fellow in Science & Technology Policy
Email: neal@rice.edu
Office Phone: 713.348.2925

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science & Technology Policy and Program Manager
Email: krwm@rice.edu
Office Phone: 713.348.4784