NCSE Science Dialogues Virtual Workshop Series - Fall 2020

In Fall 2020, NCSE will host a virtual workshop series for faculty, researchers, and administrators (post-doctoral level or higher only) affiliated with NCSE Member Institutions. The Science Dialogues bring the mission of NCSE into action—offering participants the skills, context, and experience needed to make science accessible and useful to decision-makers in service to the environment. The Science Dialogues will focus how decision-makers access and use science, while equipping each participant with the skills needed to navigate the science policy landscape.


Event Details

Part I of the NCSE Science Dialogues 2020 will take place virtually on October 15, 2020, from 12:30–5:00 p.m. ET. Part I aims to help participants develop an engagement strategy with decision-makers, through insightful panels and hands-on workshops.

The Interval for Action, between October 16 and November 11, 2020, will allow participants to actualize their policy roadmaps. Participants will develop a policy-focused one-pager, set up a meeting with a decision-maker, and share back recorded impressions of that meeting.

Part II of the NCSE Science Dialogues 2020 will take place on November 12, 2020, from 1:00–4:00 p.m. ET. Part II aims to share and learn from participants’ policy engagement experiences, as well as developing next steps for exploring the science-policy landscape.


Participants will gain access on October 9, 2020, to pre-recorded panel discussions with policy experts from federal, state, and local levels and will be expected to submit their questions and comments before Part I commences.


  • To build skills for navigating the science policy landscape: science communication, policy landscape mapping, and policy brief development
  • To create the confidence to lead a science policy meeting, by identifying and reaching out to a policymaker, before making a case for the meeting to take place
  • To introduce the NCSE member participants community to the science policy community
  • Apply skills learned in real-time to understand how science can improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making


Registration Information

The NCSE Science Dialogues are free to NCSE Members. Registration is now closed. Please contact NCSE Deputy Director Erica Goldman with any questions.