Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.

Our shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and to fight back against efforts that sideline science from its crucial role in our democracy.

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July 2018

National Action on EPA’s “Restricting Science” Policy

July 1 - August 16

Join scientists nationwide to write a public comment exposing the EPA's move to #RestrictScience. Join the national action and submit a comment opposing this new policy.

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Engaging Candidates in Science this Election: Watch Party

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.
Zionsville, IN 46077 United States
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Concerned about our current political discourse? Want to see our politicians using science and facts to back up good policies? Join UCS at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center for a webinar watch party. Learn how to engage candidates on science this election and harness our collective energy for political action.

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How to Get Candidates on the Record for Science: Online Training

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to an online training designed to help you get candidates publicly on the record for science during the 2018 midterm elections this August. Learn how to strategically engage candidates at public events, use local media coverage and social media to get candidates talking, craft compelling messages connecting science issues with your local community—and be a voice for science during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond! The online training will feature: • Alyssa Tsuchiya, legislative associate,…

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Bats! Workshop

July 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Asheville Museum of Science, 43 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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Join Defenders of Wildlife for our summer Wildlife Workshop & Walkabout to learn about bats - which species live in our region, why they're important, and how we're addressing the conservation challenges they face.

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Know Your Rights: Legal Literacy for Scientists

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ryan’s Daughter, 350 East 85th Street
New York, NY 10028 United States
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In recent years, well-meaning scientists and academics have experienced problems after advocating for science or taking a personal political stance. This informal attorney-led workshop will help scientists understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and how to handle these types of situations.

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Art Build: Women for Climate Justice

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
BRIDGE ART & STORAGE, 23 Maine Ave
Richmond, CA United States
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please join us for an art build with the amazing movement artist, David Solnit - to prepare signs and flags for the Women for Climate Justice Contingent at the People's Climate Movement march in September! 

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Bats! Walkabout

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandy Bottom Preserve, Parkway Crescent
Asheville, NC United States
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Join Defenders of Wildlife for our summer Wildlife Workshop & Walkabout to learn about bats - which species live in our region, why they're important, and how we're addressing the conservation challenges they face.

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#ScienceRising Twitter Chat: We All Suffer When Science Becomes Partisan

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We all suffer when science becomes partisan. Science is non-partisan and should inform decision making no matter which party is in power. Third in a series on the principles of #ScienceRising and the science advocacy movement.

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Wonder & Skepticism: Let me show you the world in my eyes

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western
Chicago, IL 60622 United States
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This month at Wonder & Skepticism, it's all about science outreach and education! Kalina Borkiewicz will explain how her lab makes data beautiful to explain science, and Joeli Brinkman will share with us how to best communicate science.

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ESEP Boston July Happy Hour

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Union of Concerned Scientist, 44 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA United States
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Want to learn more about how to take action on climate change and clean energy through legislation in Massachusetts? Join others interested in science policy, communication, and advocacy for drinks and light refreshments.

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Weather Together ’18: Everything you always wanted to know about weather,but were afraid to ask

July 29 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hasten Hebrew Academy Gym, 6602 Hoover Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46260 United States
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Join the Citizen's Climate Lobby, Union of Concerned Scientists Indiana, and Earth Charter Indiana for an intergenerational learning event involving: viewing excerpts from the NOVA documentary “Decoding the Weather Machine”; a panel of experts with varied perspectives; and free tea-time snacks.

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August 2018

Science Gong Show

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205 United States
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Join local scientists for a fun learning opportunity. Our goal is to connect Colorado scientists with community members so that they can learn about the amazing research being conducted in our state. This event is also an excellent opportunity for researchers to practice their broad communication skills. To do this, we encourage scientists to give a short elevator pitch that succinctly describes what they do. If s/he uses too much jargon, goes off on a tangent, or the audience gets…

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Strategic Defense Impacts of Global Climate Change

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
All Souls UU Church, 4501 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join THB Sierra Club for a talk by Brigadier General (ret.) Wendell Christopher King, featuring a Silent Auction and live performance by Singer/Songwriter Bran Cerddorian, followed by a Primary Election watch party!

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Art for Science Community Feedback Session

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Old Hwy 63, about a 1/4 mile south of Broadway
Columbia, MO United States
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Resident Arts invite you to participate in the production of a large-scale puclic mural. Five artists will design and produce the mural which will align with the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), and showcase the science-based actions that individuals can take.

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Strategizing Sea Level Rise in Maine’s Southern Shoreline Communities

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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In an effort to inform and involve the public on sea level rise issues, The Planeteers of Southern Maine are hosting a sea level rise presentation, panel and strategizing event.

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No More Nagasakis

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Courthouse Square, 100 W. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404 United States
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Gather on the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki to oppose a new generation of "usable" nuclear weapons. There will be koto music, poetry, and speakers. Please bring a candle

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Art for Science Community Painting Day

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Old Hwy 63, about a 1/4 mile south of Broadway
Columbia, MO United States
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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a national science advocacy organization, recently awarded grants of up to $10,000 to six organizations and artists nationally to create public artworks that highlight the importance of science and promote the #ScienceRising movement. Resident Arts is one of the recipients of this grant and will complete the production of a large-scale mural on the retainer wall on Old 63, south of Broadway, in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and…

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Books, Booze & Brains// The End of Plenty

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 E Brookside Ave, Ste B1
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
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Geek out to this month's book and discussion: "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World" by Joel K. Bourne
Guest: Professor Steve Hallet, Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. Facilitator Cari Lewis-Tsinovoi

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September 2018

Empowering Puerto Rican Scientists to be Science Policy Stewards

September 1
Centro Criollo de Ciencia y Tecnologia, 59 Av. Gautier Benítez
Caguas, 00725 Puerto Rico
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The first Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network will be kick-started through a one-day live and streamed workshop in Puerto Rico that will connect science policy experts and Federal agency representatives (e.g. USDA, CDC, FDA, NIH) with local scientists, explore opportunities for scientific advocacy and engagement in policy deliberations, and discuss strategies to monitor appropriate local implementation of Federal laws and regulations.

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Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

September 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Across the country, on September 8, tens of thousands of people will show our power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority.

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Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice – SF Bay Area 2018

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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An extraordinary gathering of women leaders from around the world, to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes, and present a diverse array of visions and strategies to shape a healthy and equitable world.

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Art for Science Public Unveiling

September 30 @ 5:30 pm
Old Hwy 63, about a 1/4 mile south of Broadway
Columbia, MO United States
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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a national science advocacy organization, recently awarded grants of up to $10,000 to six organizations and artists nationally to create public artworks that highlight the importance of science and promote the #ScienceRising movement. Resident Arts is one of the recipients of this grant and will complete the production of a large-scale mural on the retainer wall on Old 63, south of Broadway, in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and…

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October 2018

Tennessee STEAM Festival

October 12 - October 21
Tennessee TN United States + Google Map

The inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival inaugurated in 2017, and is coming back in 2018 even bigger than before.

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Science-a-thon 2018

October 15 - October 19

Science-a-thon is a five day celebration of science and scientists - from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries!

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Diversity Challenge 2018, Making Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era: Bringing All People to the Forefront

October 19 @ 9:00 am - October 20 @ 7:00 pm
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States
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Join an interdisciplinary forum in which researchers, practitioners, educators, government officials, and social activists explore a variety of perspectives and issues and interact with each other while addressing mutual concerns related to race, ethnic culture, and STEM defined in various ways.

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November 2018

East Coast Science Advocacy Hub Science Policy Symposium

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Greenberg Building, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave
New York, 10065 United States
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ECSAH and the NY based student group SEPA will be hosting a day long science policy and diplomacy symposium on November 10th at the Rockefeller University in NYC. More details soon!

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