Science Network Partnerships

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The science advocacy movement is gaining momentum. By working in collaboration with our partners, the Union of Concerned Scientists Science Network helps build the power of this movement and broadens cultural support for advocacy throughout the scientific community.

Who can partner with the UCS Science Network?

We welcome the opportunity to partner with groups and organizations of all sizes, as long as they share our commitment to advocating for science-based decision making, and our partnerships principles. We’ve collaborated with small student-led science policy groups, national scientific societies, and everything in between. Working together, we can have the collective power needed to advance science as a tool for improving public health, safety, and justice. Read more about what we can accomplish together.

Partnership opportunities

Joint actions. Partner with us to develop an opportunity for scientists to weigh in on critical, urgent science policy opportunities. In the past we’ve brought scientists to the Hill to advocate for science-based decision making, organized op-ed drives in support of science funding, and developed sign-on letters in support of science-based legislation.

Trainings. From Twitter chats and webinars to in-person workshops, our trainings cover a broad array of topics including effective policy and advocacy engagement, engaging with the media, partnering with local communities, leadership development, and more.

Community-building events. Connecting with peers who share a commitment to science advocacy and public engagement can be a powerful motivator, and we’re interested in co-hosting events that foster these relationships in support of a stronger science advocacy movement.

Team-Based Organizing Initiative. Small groups, chapters of larger organizations, or groups that are interested in hands-on coaching in science advocacy and planning local actions may be interested in becoming an Allied Group in our Team-Based Organizing Initiative.

Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort bringing science and scientists into conversations about elections and civic engagement. We launched in 2018 with a successful series of actions, events, and activities organized by many different groups around the country, including everything from Wikipedia edit-a-thons to rallies to candidate forums. We welcome organizations to join this effort to stay connected with a network of science organizations working towards science, equity, and justice.

The Science Advocacy Movement Building School is a learning opportunity for professionals in science organizations or advocacy networks who are interested in exploring how to incorporate movement building and power building practices into their organization’s efforts. Through this opportunity, participants will connect with movement scholars and practitioners, identify potential collaborators for joint movement-building efforts, and gain resources on how movement building can increase our individual and collective impact. Together we will talk through barriers and workshop approaches and actions that different organizations can take to embrace their role in building a stronger and more inclusive science advocacy movement.

How do I become a UCS Science Network Partner?

Email Melissa Varga, Science Network Community and Partnerships Manager, at [email protected] to discuss ways we can work together.