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

News and Events

Share Your Expertise at NCSE 2021:
Call for Session Proposals Now Open

Showcase your research and work that explores the links between the changes in Earth’s physical systems and its social institutions. NCSE seeks proposals for 50-Minute Concurrent Sessions, Five-Minute Flash Talks, and Poster Presentations. Submit by Friday, July 10, 2020. Learn more.


Shape the NCSE 2021 Agenda:
Call for Reviewers Now Open

NCSE seeks volunteer reviewers who can review around six session proposals during the review period, July 20–31, 2020. If you are interested, please complete the reviewer interest form by Friday, July 10, 2020. Learn more.


Connect Virtually at the NCSE 2021 Annual Conference

The NCSE 2021 Annual Conference: Hot Water: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure will be held virtually January 5–8, 2021. The new virtual setting features the same great content and networking opportunities. 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 KNOW Community Live Slack Chat
June 5, 2020, 10:00–10:45 a.m. ET 

We will be hosting our first live chat regarding the transition to remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


NCSE 2021 Annual Conference: Hot Water: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure
January 5–8, 2021
Virtual Conference


Event Updates

CANCELED: 2020 EnvironMentors National Fair and Awards Ceremony
May 29, 2020
Washington, D.C.

The 2020 EnvironMentors National Fair and Awards Ceremony is canceled due to the COVID-19 situation. NCSE is working with all EnvironMentors chapters across the country on alternative ways to spotlight the work of this year's EnvironMentors participants and a way to retain the spirit of the National Fair. 



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