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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.
Integrating Biology and Public Health into Policy
It was a biology teacher who spurred Dane Samilo's interest in connecting biology and public health to critical policy issues. As a PhD student, he does basic research focusing on immunology, while also co-leading an organization aimed at getting students and post-docs more involved in science policy. Meet Dane, and read more about how he connects his research to policy. Plus you can read the stories of 21 other Science Network members who have brought their expertise to policy makers, the public, and the media. Read more >
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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: Increased Funding for Agroecology
Despite anticipated budget cutbacks, the 2017 budget included a $27.3 million increase in funding for agroecological research. Contributing to this success were five Science Network member agricultural researchers from around the country who flew in to DC to meet with key members of House and Senate appropriations committees. The researchers brought a straightforward message that agricultural research is critically important for healthy food and healthy farms, and that it’s vital to increase our investment in agroecological research for the benefit of farmers, the environment, and rural communities.
Building Momentum During the Science Week of Action
The Science Network kicked off the week of action at the March for Science, with large crowds in DC and around the country. Later that week, 50 Science Network members from 11 states participated in more than 75 meetings with Congressional members and staff for the largest lobbying initiative in UCS history. At the Peoples Climate Mobilization, Science Network members were joined by activists and students from historically black colleges and universities to march with UCS. These efforts were just the start of a much larger movement to stand up for science and impacted communities.
Win: Renewable Energy Law in Illinois
UCS partnered with allies in Illinois to help pass the biggest clean energy bill in state history with bipartisan support. The bill included provisions for new investment in renewable energy, access to solar for low-income residents, and a clear path to meeting the state’s goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. Science Network members contributed to this multi-year campaign by applying public pressure to legislators through letters to the editor, media appearances, presenting at community town halls on the benefits of clean energy, hosting events at universities and colleges, and traveling to Springfield to meet with their legislators.
Progress: Watchdogging Against Federal Attacks on Science
The Regulatory Accountability Act would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. With UCS support, Science Network members have been “watchdogging for science” in key states to prevent bad bills like the RAA from passing in the Senate, using their position as scientists and constituents to defend science. 12 watchdogs organized in-district meetings with their members of Congress to discuss the RAA and the federal budget, and UCS supported over 7,000 Science Network members around the country who made calls and sent emails in the lead up to activity on this key bill.
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.