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.
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)
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.
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 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.