Supporting a Strong Civic Science Culture

As scientific societies, we have a unique opportunity to lead the broader scientific community towards a stronger culture of civic science, in which societal needs and diverse perspectives shape science, and scientific discoveries inform people, decisions, and policies. To that end, we are launching and circulating a sign-on values statement that asserts our commitment to civic science and urges others to increase their support for scientists’ engagements with diverse audiences.

We encourage any scientific society or professional association who shares these values to sign on to the statement and to adhere to the commitment by assessing the ways that you currently support civic science and exploring opportunities to expand your support.

By signing onto this statement, you signal to your membership and science institutions that your organization values this work and encourages more scientist engagement.

Ultimately, the goal of this effort will be to garner sufficient backing for the statement of values to demonstrate the importance of supporting civic science to other sectors of the scientific community – in the academic and private sectors, for example – and encourage them to sign on to comparable statements and increase their support of this valuable work. 

Our goal will be to build science society backing while making connections with civic science leaders in the academic and other sectors - and from there to initiate an effort to garner backing from multiple other sectors.

The webpage with the statement contains a link to the sign-on form.

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