WSAS is the premier source of objective scientific and technological information on important issues, questions and problems to achieve informed public policy decisions in Washington State.

WSAS works with state government agencies, offices, and the legislature to provide expert scientific and engineering assessments to policymakers. WSAS convenes committees and panels of experts including Academy members and others to advise on scientific and engineering issues.

“When the need for targeted, independent scientific review arose during our work, the WSAS was primed and ready to assist our efforts.”

Todd Hass, PhD, Puget Sound Partnership

Science of Salmon Hatcheries Review

Science of Salmon Hatcheries Review Timeline: January - December 2019 Sponsoring Agency: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife WSAS facilitated a process to engage technical experts for the development of the science synthesis report/manuscript on salmon hatcheries by 1) providing input and comments on the report outline, 2) facilitating a [...]


COVID-19 Steering Committee-Led Activities

COVID-19 Steering Committee-Led Activities Timeline: May 2020 - ongoing The WSAS COVID-19 Steering Committee will develop actions to be taken by the Academy to assist the state in dealing with the pandemic. The actions could involve near-term advice and longer-term assessments of outcomes and recommendations on how to prepare for [...]


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in plant fiber-based food packaging

WSAS is conducting an independent third-party review of a report by the WA Department of Ecology related to the identification of safer alternatives to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fiber-based food packaging. 

If you have questions about any WSAS projects, please reach out to our Program Officer:

Yasmeen Hussain |

Our Mission: WSAS provides expert scientific and engineering assessments to inform public policy making and works to increase the impact of research in Washington State.