The NCSE team is currently teleworking in response to the COVID-19 situation. We remain committed to improving the scientific basis of environmental decision-making and are connecting with our community virtually during this time. Please visit the Team page for current contact information. 

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) advances informed environmental policy- and decision-making through science. Our work and programs include interdisciplinary research, scientific assessment, information dissemination, training, and curriculum development. 

We engage scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government. NCSE is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 and has a longstanding reputation for nonpartisanship. We invite you to explore our work and join our community. Read more about the NCSE Mission and History

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News and Events

Announcing the NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference

NCSE and Project Drawdown will hold our virtual conferences together this January. Given the staggering pace of change in the world today, our organizations believe that by combining the NCSE 2021 Annual Conference and the 2nd Global Drawdown -- Research to Action Conference, we will amplify opportunities for collaboration and progress exponentially. Learn more.


NCSE Art Contest: Colors of Science

 Art can help us see science, and its role in environmental decision-making, with fresh eyes and a creative new perspective. With this in mind, NCSE is holding the Colors of Science Art Contest in the lead up to this year’s Annual Conference. Submissions are due October 5. Learn more.


Join the NCSE KNOW Community

The NCSE Knowledge Network for One World (KNOW) Community aims to provide engagement opportunities to our community of scientists, decision-makers, and subject matter experts to maintain connectivity, share tools and resources, and build community. Learn more.


Explore the Sights and Sounds of NCSE 2020

The NCSE community was privileged to gather in-person just a few short months ago and now everyone can explore the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference experience through videos, photo galleries, podcast episodes, attendee reflections, and graphic recordings. Learn more.​​​ 

Upcoming Events

Find out more information about our upcoming events below and on our Events page.


NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference

Research to Action: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure
January 5–9, 2021
Virtual Conference


Event Updates

There are no event updates at this time.