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OUR MISSION

To engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers - ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

CCST is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California's best scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science. We respond to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology.

California's policies are stronger with science, and CCST is uniquely qualified as an organization created via the Legislature to convene a Statewide network of experts across disciplines and institutions. As this coordinating body, CCST can provide impartial expertise that extends beyond the resources or perspective of any single institution. We offer State policymakers the increased ability to conduct analytical assessments and to arrive at informed decisions on complex science and technology issues affecting California and its citizens.

CCST's reports are freely available to the public. Click here for our most recent annual report (2015). Learn more about CCST's study process and peer review process.

OUR VISION FOR THE GOLDEN STATE

That California enhances its global leadership in science, technology, and innovation - guiding our State, our Nation, and our world towards a healthy economy, society, and environment.

CCST is modeled after the National Academies - the official scholarly body serving the United States of America - to provide the State of California with a parallel network of institutional and individual advisors. Following this model, CCST operates in partnership with, as well as receives financial and mission support from, a network of public and private higher-education institutions and Federally funded research institutions:

Our State Sustaining Institutions:
The University of California (UC) System
The California State University (CSU) System
California Community Colleges (CCC)
Stanford University
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Our Federal National Laboratory Affiliate Members:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories (California)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

CCST operations are also made possible by the generous support of many philanthropic individuals and foundations through our annual giving and major gifts programs.

CalTAC: The California Teacher Advisory Council

CCST created a group of 12 outstanding K-14 science and math classroom teachers from throughout California to form CalTAC. This body has provided a voice for STEM educators to discuss trends and policies facing science, technology, engineering, and math education in California, and interface with the State policymaking community.

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CalTAC

CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy

Each year, CCST trains and mentors 10 scientists and engineers in the policymaking process, then places them alongside staffers in California Assembly and Senate offices. Known in the State Capitol as "the Science Fellows", these PhD-level experts experience a year of public service and leadership training, and get the chance to explore a career in California’s policy arena. At the same time, the State Legislature benefits from access to highly skilled, sciencesavvy staff to advise them on legislative issues and priorities.

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S&T Policy Fellows

CCST Senior Fellows

To help identify relevant experts to author our reports, the Council calls upon its CCST Senior Fellows - an invited roster of distinguished scientists and technical experts with deep experience, spanning Nobel Laureates to entrepreneurs. The relationship of these Senior Fellows with CCST parallels that of the Members of the National Academy of Sciences with the National Academies: Senior Fellows work with CCST to provide politically neutral, expert advice and analyses.

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Senior Fellows

Updated 3/8/17
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