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

Science Dialogue Discussion Series

NCSE launched the NCSE Science Dialogues discussion series with leaders, experts, and practitioners focused on the role of science in society and in service to the environment. In the first conversation, NCSE Executive Director Michelle Wyman talks with Frank Sesno, NCSE Board Vice Chair and founder of Planet Forward, about the value of science and storytelling for solving the challenges facing humanity. Watch now.


Congratulations to the Colors of Science Art Contest Winners

Over the summer, NCSE invited artists of all media and levels to submit artwork that demonstrated new ways to experience the Earth through both art and science. After reviewing more than 100 submissions, NCSE is pleased to announce the winners. View the winning artwork.


2021 NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Each year, NCSE recognizes leaders in our community who have made exceptional contributions to science and the environment. NCSE is proud to announce the 2021 NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Christiana Figueres and Dr. Warren Washington. Learn more.


Register Today for the NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference

NCSE and Project Drawdown will hold our virtual conferences together in 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. Register today.


Explore the Sights and Sounds of NCSE 2020

The NCSE community was privileged to gather in-person in January 2020 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.

Giving Tuesday
December 1, 2020

NCSE 2021 Winter Member Meeting
Members-only event
December 14, 2020

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