Scientists are ready for action, and through the UCS Science Network they can put their expertise to work to inform decisions critical to our health, safety, and environment. The Science Network offers multiple leadership development programs to train and support experts as they advocate and engage with their communities. Whether you’re an early career scientist, part of a science advocacy group on campus, or a more experienced scientist looking to take your advocacy to the next level, the Science Network is here to help.
The map above shows where Science Network members are stepping up nationwide by participating in one of the following leadership programs:
- The Science for Public Good Fund (blue pins) is a leadership development program to award grants to scientists in their community who want to defend the role of science in public policy and address local impacts.
- The Science Network Mentor Program (green pins) connects early career scientist advocates with mentors experienced in science advocacy. Together, the pairs create advocacy projects designed to strengthen the role of science in decisionmaking.
- The Campus Catalyst (red pins) project provides support to graduate students to organize an event or training in order to put their learning into action on a locally relevant science-policy issue.
- The Team-Based Organizing Initiative (yellow pins) offers our highly committed and engaged experts and activists the opportunity to grow local science advocacy efforts in their communities. New groups join as “Local Teams,” and preexisting groups with their own identities join as “Allied Groups.”