President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade with John Holdren, Nov. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Latest Blog Posts

  • Unleashing Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery

    Over the past two years, the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative has helped expand our capacity for using technology and innovation to strengthen national preparedness and resilience. With America’s PrepareAthon fast approaching next month, we encourage you to share how you are supporting this effort.

  • Why Soil Rocks

    2015 is the UN-designated International Year of Soils – one of the world's most important resources that will help determine the collective future for inhabitants of the Earth. Here we join the celebration of the services provided by this critical resource and set out to prove once and for all that soil does, indeed, rock.

  • Sharing the Stories of Ebola Innovators

    Share the story of someone YOU know who has innovated through science, technology, and/or data to fight Ebola.

  • Engaging Internationally on Climate Science

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just concluded its 41st session in Nairobi – continuing the tradition of rigorous international scientific collaboration to better understand climate change, its impacts, and society’s options to address this global challenge. The IPCC is a unique partnership between nearly 200 governments and the scientific community, bringing together many of the world’s top scientists and experts to produce comprehensive assessments of the state of knowledge on climate change.

  • Investing in Research to Help Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain

    The President’s 2016 Budget proposes increasing funding for the BRAIN Initiative from about $200 million in FY 2015 to more than $300 million in FY 2016.

FEATURED TOPICS

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:

  • Progress Report
  • Text of the President's Speech
  • Weekly Address
  • Infographic
  • Fact Sheet
  • The Climate Action Plan
  • OSTP Blog Post
  • What Business Leaders are Saying



    OPEN DATA:
    On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:

  • White House Blog Post
  • Statements of Support
  • Project Open Data
  • Executive Order
  • Open Data Policy



    2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
    On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:

  • Videos from the Science Fair
  • President Obama's Remarks
  • Science Fair Fact Sheet
  • White House Blog Post



    STEM EDUCATION:
    On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:

  • OSTP Blog Post
  • White House Blog Post
  • Video: SoSTEM Event