CCST Newsroom

2019 Annual Report
Download our 2019 Annual Report (PDF).   Message from the CCST Board Chair As we continue to evolve the organization and innovate our approach, I’m proud of CCST’s increasing ability to engage its network of experts and deliver actionable science advice to California decision makers. For example, as California faces larger and more destructive wildfires, […]
An update from CCST regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)
Good afternoon, I hope you, your families, friends, and colleagues are doing well in these challenging times. At CCST we are paying close attention to the guidelines and directives coming from our local and State leaders in response to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation. Last week, our Sacramento-based office began working from home to do our […]
PHOTOS: Scenes from CCST Science & Technology Week 2020
CCST’s week-long series of events, this year celebrating ‘Science At Your Service: Achieving California’s Carbon Neutrality Goals,’ began with a reception honoring our Science in Public Service Award recipients and continued with the CCST Science Translators Showcase, the CCST Leadership Roundtable, and two CCST Expert Briefings. SACRAMENTO, Calif. | February 21, 2020 CCST S&T Week […]
CCST Science Fellows Alumni Publish Career Guide for Science Policy
DOWNLOAD THE CAREER GUIDE A Career Guide for Science Policy was developed by CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows alumni, including Sydney Chamberlin, Julianne McCall, and John Thompson. The career guide can be downloaded here. CCST is attending the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, where we organized two events for attendees in conjunction with […]
UPDATE: CCST at 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle: Expert Wildfire Panel, Career Workshop with Career Guide
UPDATE 2/15: A Career Guide for Science Policy was developed by CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows alumni and can be downloaded here. CCST is attending the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, where they are organizing two events for attendees in conjunction with our partners and the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow alumni. […]
MARCH 1st: Applications Due for CCST’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento
CCST is seeking PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in the California State Legislature AND California State Executive Branch. SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is accepting applications for the 2021 Class of our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm PST on March […]
CCST Science Translators Showcase to Connect California Grad Students and Postdocs with Members, Staff
This CCST event will feature 16 graduate researchers and postdocs from UC, CSU campuses, LBNL, NASA Ames, and Caltech as part of CCST’s Science & Technology Week, on Wednesday, February 5th. SACRAMENTO, Calif. | February 5, 2020 The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has invited 16 talented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to […]
CCST Announces Recipients of “2020 Science in Public Service” Awards, to be recognized at Science & Technology Week Reception
CCST Awards 2020 Bedsworth and Hill
CCST’s week-long series of events, this year celebrating ‘Science At Your Service: Achieving California’s Carbon Neutrality Goals,’ begins with a reception tonight honoring Science in Public Service Award recipients Dr. Louise Bedsworth and Senator Jerry Hill. SACRAMENTO, Calif. | February 3, 2020 The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established […]
CCST Report Provides Initial Assessment of California’s Potential Orphan Oil and Gas Well Liabilities
SACRAMENTO, CA—Responding to a request from the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, now the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), under the California Department of Conservation, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) conducted a study entitled “Orphan Wells in California: An Initial Assessment of the State’s Potential Liabilities to Plug and […]
CCST introduces expanded class of 2020 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows, now placed in the Legislative and Executive Branch
Interested in becoming a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow? CCST is currently accepting applications for the 2021 class year until March 1st. SACRAMENTO, CA—We are proud to introduce the 2020 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows — a program that trains scientists and engineers for careers in public policy, while helping to equip California’s decision […]
CCST to participate in three sessions at NCSE 2020 conference in Washington DC
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) will be participating in two panels and one workshop at the 2020 National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) annual conference January 6–9, in Washington, D.C. The Annual Conference brings together a diverse community of experts for an enriching opportunity to collaborate on exciting projects, share […]
CCST Seeking Expert Nominations for Wildfire Study
CCST has received funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Moore Foundation) to produce a peer-reviewed report on the costs and losses of wildfires in California. The report will identify key questions of interest to decision makers and will conduct a literature review of existing datasets and studies that enumerate costs of wildfire management […]
Now Open: Applications for CCST’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento
The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship application is now open.
CCST is seeking PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in the California State Legislature AND California state agencies. SACRAMENTO, Calif. | CONTACT: Jeffery Song The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Class of our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Completed applications are due by 11:59 […]
Applications Now Open for CCST’s Science Translators Showcase
Calling California Grad Students and Postdocs: Apply for CCST’s Science Translators Showcase! SACRAMENTO, CA | November 12, 2019 Contact: Jeffery Song, [email protected]; Office: (916) 492-0996 The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is excited to seek graduate students, postdocs, and early-career faculty in California for the CCST Science Translators Showcase, held as part of our 2020 Science […]
An Astrophysicist in the Legislature
About Sydney Sydney Chamberlin is a 2019 CCST Science Fellow. Sydney received a PhD in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her research, she contributed to the first detections of gravitational waves, tiny cosmic ripples that carry vital information about the contents and evolution of the universe. She most recently served as a postdoctoral […]
VIDEO: CCST Science Fellows Program Webinar 2019
Have questions about the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship? Watch the recent webinar with current CCST Science Fellows and Alumni, who discuss their fellowship year and their career experience after the Fellowship. The application portal opens on December 1st, 2019 and applications are due March 1, 2020. The fellowship begins in Sacramento in November […]
CCST Hosts Expert Briefing on Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation
 SACRAMENTO, CA—On September 19, 2019, CCST hosted a CCST Expert Briefing at the California State Capitol on the Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation, in partnership with the Office of Senator Brian Dahle. It is the fourth in a series on wildfires that CCST has hosted. The panel featured experts Kevin Fingerman from Humboldt State […]
CCST to Host Expert Briefing on the Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation
RSVP HERE Thurs. Sept 19th 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Capitol Room 3191 Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in California Join CCST for a discussion with a team of experts from CSU Humboldt, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CalFire, and Cal EPA who are studying ways to improve the utility […]
CCST to Host Webinar with Current Science Fellows & Alumni for Fellowship Discussion
REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR Thursday 9/26 12pm – 1pm PDT Please join CCST for this informational webinar about the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. The webinar will provide an introduction to the CCST Science Fellows program and answer questions about the application process and requirements. Current CCST Science Fellows and Alumni will be on […]
Photo Gallery: 2019 SLAC Visit
On July 31, CCST toured SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, one of CCST’s federal labs partners leading cutting-edge research in California. Several Board and Council Members attended, alongside members from our federal labs partners, legislative and governmental staff, and current CCST Science Fellows. Front Row: Jim Sweeney, Council Chair (Stanford) Linda Dairiki Shortliffe, Council Member (Stanford) […]
California Wildfires: Lessons from Field Work in Baja California, Mexico
The 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons in California were the most destructive on record raising a number of complex policy issues across a wide range of topics. I recently had the opportunity to learn about one of these major areas—forest management practices—firsthand by spending a week in Baja California, Mexico with UC Berkeley’s Dr. Scott […]