The UCS Science Network is an inclusive community of more than 25,000 scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and other experts across the country working to educate the public and inform decisions critical to our health, safety, and environment.
We call on our Science Network members to help us respond to a broad range of attacks on science, and help us build support for science-based decision making. Whether it’s speaking with the media, delivering testimony and public comments, exposing misinformation, or building relationships with their legislators’ offices—Science Network members are stepping up and bringing their expertise to the policy making process.
The Science Network embraces the full diversity of scientists and their perspectives. Read more about diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Science Network.
Science Network leadership initiatives
Through the Science Network, you can put your expertise to work in a range of different ways depending on your interests and capacity. We offer a number of different programs to empower Science Network members to fully explore their potential as advocates and constituents.
Watchdog for Science
We need to be watchdogs to make sure science doesn’t get silenced or sidelined by government officials or special interests. Learn how to watchdog for science.
Science for Public Good Fund
Apply for a microgrant to defend the role of science in public policy in your community and address local impacts, and learn about what others have done through the fund. Learn more.
Science Network Mentor Program
This unique program pairs early career scientist advocates with mentors experienced in science advocacy to work together on a science policy or advocacy project. Read about how to join the mentor program.
The Team-Based Organizing Initiative
This year-long leadership development opportunity aims for leaders to be trained in key advocacy skills, connected with fellow local advocates, and leading actions that deploy science to protect your community’s health, safety, and environment. Learn more.
Early career scientists
If your scientific career is just beginning, the Science Network offers opportunities to get involved, networking events on science and policy careers, and trainings to build your strength as a science communicator and advocate. Learn more about opportunities for early career scientists.
Resources for action
Whether you're an experienced scientist–advocate, or an early career scientist taking your first steps into advocacy, the Science Network can help you increase your impact. Below are tips and tools, webinars, and other resources to strengthen your skills in the fundamental elements of effective science advocacy.