Building scientist–community partnerships

All too often, local communities working to solve pressing problems find the deck stacked against them, with the game rigged in favor of powerful elites, and with barriers obstructing their access to scientific information or other resources necessary for informed, equitable policy decisions.

It doesn’t need to be that way. We can deploy science as a tool to support communities advocating for evidence-based solutions that serve the public interest. And the Center for Science and Democracy is committed to helping scientists and communities work together to make that happen.

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Producing resources for communities

Local residents who want to take action on critical issues often face a difficult challenge in putting together the information they need to act effectively. Both the technical aspects of the issue, and the policy landscape they must navigate to help make change, can be dauntingly complex. The Center is producing resources to help break down these barriers.

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Working for justice and equity

Many of the complex problems our society faces are hitting marginalized communities hardest—yet these communities often face the biggest barriers to democratic participation, ability to shape policy decisions, and access to scientific information that the public has the right to know. The Center for Science and Democracy seeks to elevate the voices of advocates and researchers in the environmental justice community, and to foster connections between scientists and communities to work towards breaking down these inequities.

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Mobilizing the UCS Science Network

The UCS Science Network is a community of more than 25,000 scientists, engineers, economists and other technical experts united by a common interest in using their expertise to solve public problems. The Center has brought Science Network members together with local activists on issues like chemical safety, climate, and food. Science Network members also regularly share their stories of public engagement on the UCS blog, The Equation.  

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We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen

We can ensure that decisions about our health, safety, and environment are based on the best available science—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.