CCST is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s 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.
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.