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The UCS Science Network is a community of nearly 17,000 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.

Nobel Laureate Views Science Communication as “Part of the Job and a Privilege”

Nobel Laureate in Physics and UCS Science Network member Frank Wilczek views science communication as part of the job and a privilege, and contributes to the public’s understanding of science through lectures as well as books. Read more about his journey from a kid who saved up to buy a telescope to an award-winning physicist who named a new type of theoretical particle. Plus you can read the stories of 15 other Science Network members who have brought their expertise to policy makers, the public, and the media.  Read more > 

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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.

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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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Our Impact

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:

Providing Informative Testimony for Clean Car Standards

Network members lent a critical voice in advocating tough new standards that will shape the future of clean cars for decades to come.

Bringing an Expert Voice to Renewable Energy Standards

More than 200 Science Network members in Michigan—scientists, engineers, economists, and technical and health professionals—signed a letter in support of raising the state’s renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025. >

Shaping Research and Educating Congress on Endangered Species and Forests

When policymakers proposed legislation threatening to repeal the Lacey Act—a U.S. law that protects endangered species, tropical forests, and American jobs—the Science Network’s forestry and ecology experts came to its defense. >


Workshops, videos, publications and other tools designed to help you be a more effective science advocate

Video Tips for Science Communicators

Help non-expert audiences get the science right by building relationships and sharing the facts.



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.

Science in an Age of Scrutiny >
A concise guidebook for scientists who find themselves the targets of harassment and personal attacks.

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.

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