The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) stands against all manners of racial injustice. The recent events in the US have clearly shown that African Americans are attacked, dehumanized and even killed because of the amount of melanin in their skin.

The epidermis is a very thin outer layer of our skin. It is only 1 millimeter in thickness, but it contains one of the few things that seems to justify millennia of oppression between humans: pigmentation. Were it not for this tiny layer of our skin, we would all appear very similar. Thus, at its core, racism is bigotry against the epidermis, and yet this minute human difference was enough for many of our nation’s historical leaders to enable beliefs in racial superiority.”

Haywood Brown, Tampa Bay Times, June 4, 2020


Council of Scientific Society Presidents

the Leader in Leadership Development in Science

Founded in 1973, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) has served as a center for national science leadership development, a strong voice in support of science in the nation’s capital, and the premier forum for national science policy development through open, substantive exchanges on current issues encompassing the full spectrum of science, engineering, and mathematics. A unique organization, CSSP represents the breadth of science and engineering research disciplines through its member societies and federations. CSSP member societies are represented by their presidents, presidents-elect, and past-presidents with combined membership that has historically approached nearly a million scientists.

Committed to advancing leadership in science and technology and to establishing policies and programs that will ensure a bright future for 21st century science, CSSP is the Leader in Leadership Development in Science.

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Our Members

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Crystallographic Association (ACA)

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America (ASTRA)

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF)

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Helminthological Society of Washington (HelmSoc)

International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)

National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB)


Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Society for Freshwater Science (SFS)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Affiliate Members

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

College of Community Innovation and Education, University of Central Florida

Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Department of Research, Extension and Engagement, University of Missouri

CSSP Sponsors