Building scientist–community partnerships

Often local communities seeking answers to challenging problems have the feeling that the deck is stacked against them, with the game rigged in favor of powerful elites, and with little or no access to scientific expertise.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Science can help communities advocate for evidence-based solutions that serve the public interest. And the Center is committed to bringing scientists and communities together to make that happen.

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Producing resources for communities

Community 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 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 problems that science can help solve are hitting marginalized communities hardest—yet these communities often lack access to scientific information and expertise and a way to communicate with scientists. The Center for Science and Democracy seeks to elevate the voices of citizens and researchers in the environmental justice community, and to foster connections between scientists and communities to work towards overcoming these disparities.

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Mobilizing the UCS Science Network

Housed in the Center for Science and Democracy, the UCS Science Network is a community of nearly 17,000 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 fracking, 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.