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, impartial, not-for-profit
organization established via an Assembly
Concurrent Resolution (ACR 162) in 1988 to
provide objective advice from California's best
scientists and research institutions on policy
issues involving science. We are 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.
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 Californians.
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.
CCST operates in partnership with, as well as receives financial and mission support, from a network of
public and private higher-education institutions and major Federally funded laboratories:
Our Sustaining Institutions:
The University of California (UC) System
The California State University (CSU) System
California Community Colleges (CCC)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Our Federal National Laboratory Affiliates:
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 is proud to have the support of so many individuals, institutions,
and foundations through our Annual Giving and Major Gift Program.
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.
CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy
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
CCST Senior Fellows
To help tap into the most relevant expertise CCST
organizes a network of 137 scientists and technical
experts in California to serve as CCST Senior Fellows.
The relationship of 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.