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The UCS Science Network is a community of more than 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.
Science Network Profile: Abigail Lynch
“I think that it’s important for us to provide science-based information to others who rely on objective USGS research to help them make better decisions. That's not advocacy, that's a public service.” Read more >
Read the stories of 14 Science Network members who have brought their expertise to policy makers, the public, and the media.
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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. 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:
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.
Learn more about Science Network Workshops >
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 Portfolio >
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.