International Initiatives

The most significant and pressing environmental problems transcend national borders. Threats such as climate change, resource scarcity, and air pollution are global and inherently complex – as such they necessitate global responses that are informed by the best available scientific knowledge. The mission of NCSE is not limited to a national context. NCSE is developing a new portfolio of work with the ambition of advancing the use of science to inform environmental decision-making internationally.

NCSE’s international initiatives advance the following objectives:

  • Broaden the spectrum of scientific knowledge available and relevant to international policy-making, including making the knowledge and expertise of the NCSE members accessible to international decision-makers, leaders and influencers;
  • Grow and support an academic culture that promotes and incentivizes proactive engagement with policy and decision-makers at all levels of government and across sectors; and

  • Nurture awareness and value by decision-makers for the use of science in environmental governance.

NCSE’s current international partners include Inserm (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale), the Embassy of France in the United States, and UN Environment.

Global Partnership with Long Island University

The National Council for Science and the Environment has entered into a global partnership with Long Island University (LIU) to advance the shared priority of work on science policy internationally. LIU and NCSE have established several initiatives as part of the collaboration: 

  • Román Macaya Hayes Global Science Diplomacy Fellowship honors Román Macaya Hayes, a scientist and former Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States widely known for his work to advance global science diplomacy. 
  • Certificate in Science Diplomacy provides students with the opportunity to work alongside a network of global experts and international scientists at sites such as the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Center located at the southern tip of Chile.
  • International Science Alliance on Environmental Health explores opportunities to increase engagement and collaboration between the scientific community and policy-makers to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making at all levels of government with a focus on environmental health.