The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) works with scientists, educators, policymakers,
business leaders, and officials at all levels of government to inform environmental policy and decision-making
with the use of science. Founded in 1990, NCSE is a non-partisan non-governmental organization based in
Washington D.C.


NCSE works to advance the use of science to inform environmental decision-making internationally. NCSE
International works to:
• Broaden the spectrum of current scientific knowledge available and relevant to international policymaking;
including making the knowledge and expertise of the NCSE members accessible to
international decision-makers, leaders and influencers;
• Grow and support an academic culture that promotes and incentivizes proactive engagement with
policy and decision-makers at all levels of government and across sectors;
• Nurture awareness and value by decision-makers for the use of science in environmental governance;
• Create spaces and opportunities for peer learning and exchange.


• Ongoing access to an international network of influential scientists, researchers, policy- and decisionmakers,
and thought leaders across sectors.
• Formal opportunities for leadership roles and participation in multi-institutional collaborations to
advance programs and activities, including NCSE Communities of Practice and Science Policy Briefs.
• Complimentary registrations to the NCSE Annual Conference, plus unlimited discounted registrations
for faculty, staff, researchers, and students from the campus community.
• Exclusive access to NCSE’s Higher Education Research Report series.
• Campus-wide subscription to several member-only communications.


Save the Date: NCSE 2020 Annual Conference | January 6-9, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Each year the NCSE Annual Conference brings together over 700 educators, researchers, students, policy-makers, government officials, business leaders, and representatives from civil society. The event is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the latest trends and practices in environmental science and decision-making as well as to network with peers, make new connections, and meet today’s and tomorrow’s environmental leaders. A large part of the NCSE Annual Conference is the opportunities for learning. NCSE organizes plenaries and keynotes covering today’s pressing issues. During the conference, more than 35 concurrent sessions are presented by leaders in a variety of fields.



NCSE invites session proposals that reinforce the conference theme across a variety of topic areas. Speakers receive a discounted registration and the opportunity to share their work with a diverse audience. Additional details about the Call for Session Proposals will be
available in May 2019.


Registration for the 2020 Annual Conference will open in August 2019. Discounts are available for individuals from non-profits, higher education, and government. Early registration discounts are also available.


Meet face-to-face with potential partners, clients, students, or members. Exhibiting organizations receive select complimentary registrations to the 2020 Annual Conference and will have their brand recognized at the conference.