Each year, NCSE convenes a topical two-day conference that brings together ~800 scientific, educational, business, civil society, and government professionals from diverse scientific fields and decision-making communities to explore theconnections between science and decision-making associated with a particular high profile issue facing society.
At the conference, participants develop recommendations and strategies designed to achieve science-based solutions to problems.Following the conference, the Council:
produces and disseminates conference recommendations developed by participants;
publishes the John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture;
provides briefings to Congress, other institutions, and decision-makers capable of implementing the conference recommendations; and,
strives to develop or facilitate the development of new programs based on recommendations from the conference.
Goals for the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment:
Embrace a “solutions” focus for the meeting and its products
Select conference topics that are major challenges to the entire world and to which science can contribute significantly toward solutions.
Provide participants a rich “how-to” experience in the integration of environmental science and policy to develop solutions for major environmental challenges facing society.
Increase the number and diversity of participants at the conference.
Build on the meeting results in the other NCSE programs
Integrate Affiliate universities and colleges into the meeting more broadly and encourage them to become a larger part of the implementation of the plans
Utilize the conference to broaden the network of supporters of NCSE and its programs.
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