Who we are
The UCS Science Network is an inclusive community of more than 20,000 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. The Science Network embraces the full diversity of scientists and their perspectives. Read more about diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Science Network.
Connecting the Dots between Food, Health, and Agriculture
"I think art, media and storytelling have a key role in teaching science, and influencing public opinion and policies that protect public health and our environment." Her family was an early influence on her path to policy advocacy, and has since led her to work as a fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, found Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri, and run the weekly Food Sleuth Radio broadcasts. Meet Melinda, and read about her efforts to raise public awareness about the intersection of food policy, personal choices, and the media. Plus you can read the stories of 17 other Science Network members who have brought their expertise to policy makers, the public, and the media. Read more >
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Become one of the thousands of experts who are helping UCS make a difference!
Who can join?
The UCS Science Network is intended for scientists, engineers, health professionals, and economists with (or working towards) an advanced degree. (Review the eligibility requirements.) If you don’t fall into any of those categories, and you want to help UCS make a difference, we encourage you to join the UCS Action Network.
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.
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Science Network members are using their expertise to make a difference—speaking to the media, delivering testimony, signing on to expert letters to elected officials, conducting research and environmental impact assessments, and serving on federal advisory committees. Here are some recent examples of Science Network members having a positive impact:
Win: Added-Sugar Labeling
In a victory for science and public health, the FDA issued a strong new rule requiring updated labeling of “added sugar” by manufacturers as well as listing the percentage of consumers’ daily recommended allowance that amount represents. UCS mobilized over 60,000 UCS members and concerned individuals, including more than 700 scientists and health experts, to support FDA’s proposal for a separate ‘Added Sugars’ line and a daily value in the Nutrition Facts label found on all food packages.
Progress: Increased Funding for Agroecology
A major increase in funding for agroecology through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative was not only included as part of the president’s budget for 2017, but was also approved by both the House and Senate Appropriation Committees. This came on the heels of an organized effort by UCS, including garnering over 350 agroecologist signers to a letter making the case for greater funding for the program, which would yield benefits for farmers, wildlife, and the environment.
Win: Renewable Energy Law in Oregon
In 2016, Oregon passed a new law phasing out coal by 2030 and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy by 2040. UCS supporters and Science Network members were critical players in this victory, sending almost 1500 emails and making over 100 phone calls to Oregon legislators; 25 Oregon climate scientists signed on to a letter in support of the bill as well.
Progress: Standing Up for the Clean Power Plan
Minnesota is moving forward with public engagement around the Clean Power Plan. UCS members have attended and testified at a majority of the listening sessions that the state has held. Ten UCS supporters, including two Science Network members, attended the Duluth Listening Session--many of them testifying to the great benefits of clean energy.
Science Network Workshops
A series of webinars for Science Network members on effective science communication and advocacy. New workshops are scheduled regularly.
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Publications and Text Resources
A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media >
We wrote the book on communicating scientific information to journalists—and added a handy desk reference featuring tips from the book.
Tips and Tools for Science Communicators >
Practical advice for communicating with policymakers and media.
Science Communication Guide >
This communication-training document for scientists is designed to help you communicate your research to different audiences, and provides modules and a sample document to guide you through the process.