The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST responds to the Governor, the
Legislature, and other state entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues
relating to science and technology that affect the State of California.
In 1988, a coalition of policymakers and institutional leaders were seeking ways to catalyze the role
of science and technology in California's future direction in research, industry, and policy. The effort
resulted in Assembly Concurrent Resolution 162 - championed by then-Assemblymember Sam Farr
and then-Senator John Garamendi - calling for the creation of CCST.
California has seen great advances and new challenges since then, and CCST has been invited as a
voice of counsel at each turn. Over the past three decades, CCST has been asked to report on the
state's R&D competitiveness, STEM education, energy production, and water future, among many
other timely topics.
CCST itself has evolved as well: it added the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
program to train more scientists for public policy careers, and it added the Federal Laboratory
Affiliates to enhance its network of in-state experts - complementing CCST's sustained
partnership with the University of California, California State University, California Community
Colleges, Stanford, and Caltech.
California's leadership in technology, environmental stewardship, biomedicine, and other critical
fields relies on its policymakers having access to clearly communicated, scientifically informed
advice. With this need in mind, CCST will continue to engage leading experts in science and
technology to advise State policymakers - ensuring that California policies are strengthened and
informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.