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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March 2018

Bringing science and scientists to our community through community forums

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1600 S Knoles Dr, 1600 S Knoles Dr
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 United States
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CEBA brings community forums to Flagstaff, AZ for the public to interact with, and ask questions with scientists about various issues.

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April 2018

Take Action on the Gas Rush in Michigan

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dana Building, Room 1040, 440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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DTE Energy has proposed building a $1 billion natural gas plant that ratepayers will foot the bill for. Learn from a panel of experts about DTE's gas plant proposal and why the rush to natural gas is a gamble for Michigan.

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Earth Action Initiative Climate Conference and Art Show

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
MLK Jr. Student Union Building, 2495 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Earth Action Initiative Conference — a community-driven and collaborative approach to addressing the multidimensionality and complexity of climate change.

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Day Zero: Water Crisis South Africa

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
160 Packard Avenue, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Fletcher's Science Diplomacy Club is hosting a conversation on South Africa's water crisis and the concept of Day Zero during Tufts University's Water Symposium hosted by Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS).

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Going Public: Connecting Research & Community

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Allen Library, 4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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Join us to explore engaging community in the research process through public scholarship, citizen science, community-engaged research, and participatory research.  This interdisciplinary event offers several workshops to hear from researchers and community participants, and see the different shapes research can take.

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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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Climate Change Policy in Washington State: What’s Next?

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Parrington Hall, Denny Forum in Parrington Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Washington State has become a national leader in tackling climate change policy. Join elected leaders and policy experts to learn what's next for climate change policy in Washington State, on the ballot, in the legislature, and in our communities.

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Community Workshop: Spotting Sensationalized Science in the News

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Whether it is a new environmental hazard, tech threat, or health recommendation, it can be hard to know when to trust science in the media. This workshop will help non-scientists build skills that can stop the spread of exaggerated or false science reporting through identifying buzzwords and easy ways to check sources.

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Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hackathon

April 13 - April 15
Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125 United States
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During the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) will employ a public health approach to gun violence prevention by generating innovations that can address gun safety, mental health, community resilience, and policy.

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ESEP Happy Hour

April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Vintage Spirits & Grill, 529 University Ave
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Learn more about local science policy issues and events while enjoying adult beverages.

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Science for Who? Tech and the Tech Industry

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
School of Natural Resources and Environment, Room Dana 1046, 440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Technology has advanced beyond many of our expectations. Join us for a Science for Who panel, to ask how can tech serve humanity rather than capitalism? Can the tech industry become more focused on ethics and social responsibility? Who are techno-optimistic visions designed by and for?

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Port Townsend Marine Science Center iNatualist BioBlitz

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
PTMSC Natural History Exhibit Classroom, 502 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368 United States
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Join us at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center's Natural History Building to celebrate Citizen Science Day with an iNaturalist BioBlitz. We will spend the morning outside around the Port Townsend Marine Science Center looking for and recording birds, mammals, fish, invertebrates, trees, flowers, grasses and more.

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Fullerton Rally for Science 2018

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832 United States
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This is a family-friendly event to support evidence-based science. The event will include a rally, a series of short speeches, and a sidewalk march around the super-block where Fullerton City Hall and the Fullerton Library are located. Bring your voices, signs, posters, and banners.

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March for Science Sacramento

April 14 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
California State Capitol, West steps on 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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Please join us to advocate for open, inclusive, and accessible science, affirming scientific research as an essential part of a working democracy, and supporting scientists and science education.

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Rally for Science 2018–March for Science Minnesota

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St. Paul, Minnesota, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155 United States
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A rally with various groups and speakers active in making evidence-based policy part of decision making by lawmakers.

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Rally for Science – Philadelphia

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Show your support for science and Philadelphia's scientific community! Join us along with others across the country and globe as we take a stand for science.  Rally with citizens who value science and evidence-based thinking. Making our voices heard and our leadership held accountable.

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2018 March for Science Boston: Science Strikes Back!

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110 United States
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In 2018 in Massachusetts, science is striking back!

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March for Science 2018 – Flagstaff, Arizona

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thorpe Park, Thorpe Park 191 N. Thorpe Rd
Flagstaff, AZ United States
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Science marches on.

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March for Science – Montana

April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Montana Oval Missoula, MT 59801 United States + Google Map

In solidarity with the March for Science, local scientists and supporters of science are encouraged to visit the "A Walk Through Time" exhibit (March for Science signs welcome!), and share your science stories with those who come to see the "Walk Through Time" exhibit.

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Race, Gender, & Science: Discussion & Organizing Session

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Verso Books, 20 Jay St, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Join us after the NYC March for Science for a discussion and organizing session where we will grapple with issues related to racism, sexism, and economic injustice in science.

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Race, Gender, and Science

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Join us after the NYC March for Science for a panel discussion on issues related to racism, sexism, and economic injustice in science.

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Science for the People After the Rally Party

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
2518 McCurdy Way Decatur, GA 30033 United States + Google Map

Come join us for a jovial time with fellow science activists after the Rally for Science! We will have presentations from Science for the People, followed by live music, a DJ and VJ, and general merriment. 

PLEASE BYOB or other alcohol and non-alcohol of choice :)

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Beyond the March for Science

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
470 James St., 470 James St.
New Haven, CT 06513 United States
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Last year, the March for Science focused on mobilizing scientists and the public in support of evidence-based policies. This year, at "Beyond the March for Science" we want to dive deeper and provide a space for dialogue between scientists and community members around scientific issues.

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Science Advocacy 101: From Interest to Action

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
32 Vassar St., Room 32-124
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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This workshop aims to prepare scientists to make their case to the public and their elected policymakers. If you're new to science advocacy and want to learn how to take action in a world with so many urgent issues, come for this introductory workshop to get started.

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Science-Policy in the Modern Era, with Gretchen Goldman

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cornell University, Mann Library, 102, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Join Advancing Science and Policy--Cornell University for an informal sit-down with Dr. Gretchen Goldman about science policy and federal decision making.

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Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue
New York, NY United States
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The disproportionate vulnerability of indigenous women to climate change is the result of a dangerous intersection of colonialism, racism and patriarchy. However, it is these same women who are rising up and taking action to build the vital solutions needed for a just and livable future for everyone.

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Managing California’s Clean Energy Transition

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Avery House Dining Hall, 293 S Holliston Ave
Pasadena, CA 91125 United States
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Meeting California's future energy goals will require the transformation of many systems and processes. Join us for a panel discussion on the process to put aggressive climate policies in place and the challenges and opportunities related to transforming California's electric grid.

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Bridging Policy and Social Science

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2nd Floor Conference Room, Beebe Hall, 110 Plantations Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Rigorous research and public policy ought to go hand in hand; yet, a gap persists in the United States. This presentation explores the uses of research in policymaking based on the unique perspectives of policymakers themselves, with a particular focus on youth and family issues.

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Webinar: Introduction to Science Policy Fellowships

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will cover information about current and upcoming openings for science policy fellowships and important details for potential applicants. 

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Careers Beyond Academia: Informing and Influencing Policy Through Research

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
B25 Warren Hall, 137 Reservoir Ave
Ithaca, NY United States
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Excited about evidence-based policymaking? Join us as Cornell alumni discuss career opportunities in policy research, implementation, and evaluation across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, showing that there is a central role for applied research in informing, influencing and igniting policy.

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#EarthOptimism2018 Online Workshop

April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us as we identify, share, and promote conservation success stories in this 5-day workshop as part of the Smithsonian's 2018 Earth Optimism Twitter event, #EarthOptimism2018!

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Rally for Public Lands

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us in standing up for public lands by pushing back against dangerous ideologues. We’ll be protesting and passing out informational materials outside of the the Range Rights Symposium, which will include prominent and controversial anti-public lands and anti-environment leaders.

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Berkeley Earth Day

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate our vision for a sustainable future. Get inspired and connect with eco-minded comrades and learn how you can further reduce your impact on the planet and have fun doing it!

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Facebook Live: What’s the Latest on the Farm Bill?

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The farm bill shapes every aspect of our food system, from farm to fork.  Join experts from the Food and Environment program at UCS for a Facebook Live to learn what's in the House farm bill, how it affects you, and how you can help make it better. 

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“What’s In There?” Workshop and Advocacy Day!

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State St.
Albany, NY 12210 United States
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We invite you to a FREE workshop and advocacy day (lunch included). Hear from national experts about the impact of chemicals on our health. Get tips on how to advocate for more information and safer solutions. Put your knowledge into action in the afternoon as we speak with policymakers.

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Social Justice Movie Night: Taking Root

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Suns Cinema, 3107 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010 United States
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"Taking Root" tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. A discussion will follow the screening with special invited speakers.

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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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Giving Voice, Being Seen: Community Agency and Design Action in a Time of Climate Change

April 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Climate change affects everyone, but it does not impact all communities equally. This one-day symposium will examine the intersections of climate change, urbanism, and environmental justice, and the ways in which diverse voices contribute to or are excluded from climate change conversations.

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Talk and discussion on “Do models of public engagement developed in the north apply in the south?”

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mandel G03, 415 South St.
Waltham, MA 01453 United States
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Professor Larry Susskind from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT will be giving a talk titled, "Do models of public engagement developed in the North apply equally well in the South?"

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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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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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Changing The Narrative

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1701 W.13th St.
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Changing the Narrative is a unique celebration highlighting women and girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs. The event includes hands-on activities, and a panel of diverse women dedicated to advancing minorities in the arts and tech community.

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Science Policy Careers

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 N Orchard St
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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In partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, CaSP will be hosting a Science Policy Careers Panel with members from different sectors of the economy including law, business, and government.

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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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Twitter Chat: Infrastructure, Equity, and Climate Risk: Building a Better Future

May 16 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join infrastructure, climate, and equity leaders for a lively discussion about the role of climate smart infrastructure in building community resilience, advancing climate justice, and fostering an inclusive economy.

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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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May Science Policy Happy Hour

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Craft Hill, 128 N Grand Ave
West Covina, CA 91791 United States
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Join us at Craft Hill on Sunday evening for drinks and science policy discussion. Members of the South Coast Air Quality Management District will be in attendance. All Welcome!

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