Scientist Advocacy Toolkit

Published Feb 16, 2017

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Are you a scientist looking for ways to use your expertise for the good of your community? If so, this toolkit is for you. Whether you’re an early career scientist just getting started in advocacy, or an experienced scientist/advocate looking for new ideas, we can help you up your game. The tips, tools, and other resources below will help you stand up against attacks on science, form productive community partnerships, communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, and expand your knowledge base.

Take Action: Watchdog for Science

Join the movement to defend science against attacks by the Trump administration and Congress by signing up for our Science Network's Watchdog for Science campaign. We'll give you the tools and opportunities you need to most effectively push back on attacks on science, and to pushforscience-informed solutions.

Increase your impact with these tips and tools

Use these guides to strengthen your advocacy skills and ability to connect with decision makers and the media, and within your community.

Spark local action

If you’re ready for more engaged efforts, UCS will provide the how-tos and tips for creating community and effecting change on the issues that are most important to you.

  • Building trust in environmental justice communities
  • Planning an inclusive, accessible event
  • Organizing a call-in day
  • Hosting a letter-writing party
  • Hosting a public education event
  • Checklist for organizing an effective event
  • Starting a local science cafe

  • Design your own actions and campaigns

    Want to create policy or social change, but wondering where to start? Use these tools to help you ask the right questions, do the research, and connect with others to chart out your pathways effective action and stronger influence.

    Stay informed on the latest threats to science

    It’s challenging for the busy scientist to keep track of the many actions and proposals that threaten science-based policy. Here are some resources for keeping up to date:

    Tools for protecting scientists

    If you or a scientist you know is facing harassment or concerned about it, you need to know about your rights and options. These resources can help.

    Survey: Give us your feedback

    We'd like to hear from you! Fill out our short user survey and tell us about actions or events in your area, how you're using the Science in Action Toolkit, and what we can do to make it more useful.