Science, Policy, and Innovation

Due to overwhelming interest, we expanded Science, Policy & Innovation (SPI), into three independent sessions. 

What was it?

The Science, Policy, and Innovation (SPI) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program targeted students with interests in emerging global challenges in fields such as global health, environment, and energy, all areas that require technical expertise, policy fluency, and innovative leadership to effectively confront.

SPI combined cutting edge work in the sciences with a focus on the interaction of policy and science. With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, students learned how to effectively translate complex ideas to a non-expert audience and how scientific innovation is shaped by–and makes impacts on–policymakers and businesses, as well as the forces of globalization, development, and markets.

Lectures and seminars covered topics like climate change, intellectual property law, bioethics, sustainable development, infectious diseases, social entrepreneurship and resource management.

Working in teams, students developed and presented a novel, pragmatic response to a contemporary challenge in one of the core program areas. Participants also had the opportunity to tour Yale’s power plant, Yale’s LEED platinum building Kroon Hall, the Yale Farm, and the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. Students also heard from professionals working in both businesses and non-profits tackling emerging global challenges.

Who taught in it?

Faculty involved in the program were drawn from across the University, including the Yale Law School, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and various departments in the sciences. They included:

  • Daniel Prober, Professor of Applied Physics and Physics
  • Michael Skonieczny, Executive Director of the Global Heath Leadership Institute and Lecturer in Public Health
  • Douglas Kysar, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law and Director of Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

See the impressive list of faculty who taught in this program in summer 2015 >>