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 Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program provides a space for policymakers and scientists to engage in substantive dialogue on critical scientific issues facing the U.S. and the world. Through this program, scholars address a broad range of policy issues that affect scientists and their research, as well as the application of science for the public good. Issues of interest include space science and technology, science education, social factors impacting science and scientists’ work, scientific advice in the federal government, and the government’s support of science and technology.Contact Us

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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