Science Solutions

Solutions are good ideas turned into practice.

Finding science-based solutions to complex, real-world, environmental problems often requires:

  • the engagement of many communities from the decision-making, scientific and stakeholder communities;
  • decisionmaker needs identification and connection to scientific capabilities;
  • effectively targeting limited dollars to producing science-based tools for real-world application;
  • tapping the full range of scientific talent in terms of discipline, institutions, geography, and capability; often through grants and contracts;
  • building trust through skilled facilitation and communication between different stakeholders; and,
  • careful attention to putting science-based tools into the hands of end-users.

NCSE Science Solutions has experience, expertise and dedicated capacity to conduct programs that address these challenges for specific environmental challenges. Some ongoing NCSE Science Solutions programs are:

Each NCSE Science Solutions program is designed to meet the specific needs of participants and end-users, constraints of resources and time, and the real-world details of the particular environmental issue addressed. Often NCSE brings to bear its capacity to:

  • Convene a range of stakeholders from different communities in forums where they can work together. This can mean a variety of funders addressing a shared challenge, an agency reaching out to a variety of communities, or communities in conflict over a particular issue. Such challenges often require a neutral forum with expert facilitation and carefully constructed processes that lead to the development of consensus and certain outputs, such as a prioritized research agenda.
  • Develop decision-making tools that require scientific and technical ability outside of their own organizations and that is often scattered across disciplines, institutions and locations. This often requires the management of a grants and contracts program.
  • Dissemination of knowledge and tools to decision-makers from a variety of organizations and locations in a form which can readily be used.

If you have an environmental challenge that would benefit from the expertise of NCSE Science Solutions please contact Chris Bernabo, Program Director, chris@ncseonline.org, or Peter Saundry, Executive Director, NCSE, psaundry@ncseonline.org.