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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April 2018

Submit Art for Science Rising

April 9 - May 15

The Union of Concerned Scientists is awarding grants to artists across the country who submit winning proposals for public-facing art that highlights the role science plays in protecting our health and safety, and the critical role we all play in ensuring that science isn’t sidelined.

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Illinois Environmental Council Lobby Day

April 26
Illinois State Capitol Building, 501 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL 62756 United States
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On Thursday, April 26th Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Sierra Club, and Faith in Place supporters will be gathering in Springfield for the 2018 Environmental Lobby day. We know that these events have been vital in passing important environmental policies in past years, and it will be more important than ever that we make sure state legislators hear our concerns loud and clear.

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City Nature Challenge 2018: New York City

April 27 @ 12:00 am - April 30 @ 11:30 pm
All 5 NYC boroughs New York, NY United States + Google Map

New York City needs YOU to help find all of the creatures that call our city home. The NYC branch of the City Nature Challenge asks all New Yorkers to become citizen scientists and contribute to a global biodiversity database using the free iNaturalist app!

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Driving Action on Toxic Chemicals: Advocacy Communications Opportunities and Challenges in the Trump Era

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With a focus on how we engage more people to take action on toxic chemicals, this webinar will showcase new messaging research and a media analysis. We will look at driving action on toxic chemicals through advocacy, given the challenging media environment.

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Join the movement to ban harmful fracking in San Luis Obispo

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on April 28, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on April 21, 2018 at 12:00pm

Whole Foods Market, 1531 Froom Ranch Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States
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The Coalition to Protect SLO County is gathering signatures to get a measure that would ban fracking and dangerous oil drilling on the November ballot.

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May 2018

Workshop: Evidence-Based Policy through Public Comment

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Seattle Public Library – Fremont Branch, 731 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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Looking to contribute your expertise and experience to evidence-based policy? This workshop introduces one of the most accessible avenues to do so: public comment on federal regulations.

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Science in a Tuxedo

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Explore our planet’s changing climate through the eyes of the bird in a tuxedo, the penguin! Join us to hear Gary Wesche, of Polar Educators International (PEI) talk about his research and efforts to raise awareness of polar science, as well as learn how we can all help contribute to the solution.

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Arid Lands Symposium: Integrating Research into Action

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256 United States
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This two-day Symposium will focus on sharing practical regional conservation approaches and research results with a goal to improve adaptive natural resource management in this arid region.

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State Environmental Justice Networks: Priorities and Strategies

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Organizing statewide is vital to addressing environmental justice in meaningful, evidence-based ways that meet the needs of diverse communities. We will learn about current challenges and efforts with leaders from state environmental justice networks in Michigan, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

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Women in Global Policy

May 14 @ 9:00 am - May 18 @ 5:00 pm

Experience what it's really like to work in international policy in the world's leading private corporations and nonprofits, on Capitol Hill, and in US Agencies directly from women leaders while developing your professional skills, networks, and confidence.

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Can California Go Fossil Free? A panel discussion

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive CA United States + Google Map

Join community and movement leaders to discuss how California can be a global model for how to transition from a major oil-producing state to a new economy based on equity, justice, and 100% renewable energy.

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Wonder & Skepticism: (Don’t) touch me, I’m sick

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western
Chicago, IL 60622 United States
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Wonder & Skepticism is a monthly event to connect early-career scientists with their communities. Each event is moderated by a professional science educator, and features lively discussion. At the May gathering, Lizzie Steinert and Yeva Yue Shan will discuss immunotherapy for cancers and antimicrobial resistances.

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Climate Science on Tap: What’s Dirt Got to Do With It? Agriculture and Climate Change

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98117 United States
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The relationship between agriculture and climate change is complicated. Historically food production has been a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and yet climate change has and will continue to profoundly impact our ability to produce food. At the same time, new approaches offer hope that agriculture can contribute to climate change solutions. Join our panel of experts (soil scientist Doug Collins, PhD, geologist David Montgomery PhD, farmer and lecturer Beth Wheat, PhD) for Climate Science on Tap as we…

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Online Training: How to Organize an Event that Makes an Impact

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You've marched, you've tweeted, maybe you've even written a public comment in defense of science. UCS invites you to an online training to help you organize a successful event and take your advocacy to the next level. Stand up for science and force our elected officials to take action.

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June 2018

Science-a-thon 2018

June 18 - June 22

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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Science Action Day Mini-Conference in Milwaukee

June 23
Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI United States + Google Map

Milwaukee Area Science Advocates (MASA) will hold a Science Action Day Mini-Conference within a Milwaukee neighborhood experiencing high lead exposures.

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August 2018

Empowering Puerto Rican Scientists to be Science Policy Stewards

August 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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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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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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