National Conference

Each year, NCSE convenes a national conference that brings together over 1,200 scientific, educational, business, civil society, and government professionals from diverse fields to explore the connections between science and decision-making associated with a particular high-profile environmental issue.

As part of the conference, NCSE also holds the annual John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science and the Environment. The lecture provides a high profile forum for communicating the importance and potential for science in environmental decision-making by featuring a renowned expert in the field.At the conference, participants develop recommendations and strategies to achieve science-based solutions to complex environmental problems. Following the conference, NCSE:

  • produces and disseminates conference recommendations developed by participants;
  • provides briefings to Congress, other institutions, and decision-makers capable of implementing the conference recommendations;
  • strives to develop or facilitate the development of new programs based on recommendations from the conference; and
  • publishes the John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture.

Next Conference:

NCSE 2017, the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment

Theme: Integrating Environment and Health

January 24-26, 2017

Washington, DC

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