NCSE Knowledge Network for One World (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.

NCSE KNOW Community Online Discussions

Share resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges with colleagues using the NCSE KNOW Community Slack workspace. 


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Sign in to the NCSE KNOW Community Slack workspace using the Slack URL: ncse-know-community 


#IntheKNOW Live Chats


Friday, September 4, 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET

Climate Impacts: Locusts and Looming Food Insecurity in East Africa

Extreme weather linked to climate has created the perfect breeding ground for locusts. In East Africa, swarms of locusts now pose an acute threat to agriculture and food security. Learn more from our #IntheKNOW live chat with Dr. Arianne Cease and Dr. Rick Overson from the the Global Locust Initiative at the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at Arizona State University. A video interview and full transcript are now available.


Friday, July 17, 12:00-12:45 p.m. ET

At a Crossroads: Standing at the Intersection of Food Systems and Racial Justice in Pandemic Times

People of color are disproportionately affected by hunger, food insecurity, diet-related illness, and other food system issues. During her #IntheKNOW Live Chat. Dr. Karen A. Spiller, the Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire, shared her work at the intersection of food justice and racial justice through an engaging online discussion with our KNOW Community. A full transcript is now available.


Friday, June 5, 11:00-11:45 a.m. ET

Opportunities and Challenges While Teaching and Learning Remotely

NCSE hosted its first live chat in the #intheknow channel of the Slack workspace. Dr. Maria V. Boccalandro, Cedar Valley College (Dallas College) Director of Sustainability and Advancement, and Jack Carew, NCSE Science Engagement Intern led a conversation on the transition to remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on individuals from low-income backgrounds. A full transcript is now available.



A Slack workspace is made up of channels that organize messages around specific topics. The NCSE KNOW Community has the following channels:

  • #knowledge-exchangeThis channel provides a connection between scientists and decision-makers. Scientists can share information that could help decision-makers. Decision-makers can identify what science and research is needed. 
  • #resources-remote-learning-during-covid-19This channel is for sharing resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges for professors and instructors as they rapidly transition from in-person to remote and distance learning in higher education. 
  • #research-and-collaborations: This channel is for exchanging ideas and opportunities for research projects and collaborations.
  • #resources-student-learning-experiences-during-covid-19This channel is for sharing resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges relating to the changing student learning experience in higher education given impacts from the COVID-19 situation. 
  • #resources-climate-resilience-and-sustainabilityThis channel is for sharing resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges relating to climate resilience and sustainability. 
  • #resources-and-resilience-in-higher-educationThis channel is for sharing resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges relating to the role of higher education in community resilience.
  • #opportunities-eventsThis channel is for sharing events relevant to the NCSE community.  
  • #opportunities-jobs-and-grantsThis channel is for sharing jobs and grant opportunities relevant to the NCSE community.
  • #sci-comm: This channel is for resources, experiences, best practices, and challenges relating to science communications and communications in times of crisis events.

NCSE may add or archive channels depending on their use and need. 


Resources for Using Slack


Guidelines for Posting to the NCSE KNOW Community on Slack

  • Messages and files posted to the channels are searchable and public to everyone in the NCSE KNOW Community on Slack. Do not make comments that you would not say in another public space.
  • This is a professional community. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone.
  • Strive to keep related conversations within a thread. Threads let you respond directly to a message in a channel, keeping the replies, images, and other files neatly organized in a single conversation. Threaded replies stay connected to the original message.

  • Use your best judgement to share information in the most relevant channel.

  • Do not advertise items for sale. Exceptions include professional development-oriented activities such as conferences, workshops, and trainings that require a fee.
  • NCSE reserves the right to remove you if you are found to repeatedly violate the posting guidelines.


NCSE KNOW Community Calls

NCSE KNOW Community Calls provide a space for real-time sharing, reflection, and collaboration as we all adapt to the changing circumstances. NCSE held two KNOW Community Calls in April 2020.