Each year, NCSE convenes a national conference that brings together over 1,000 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.
Goals for the National Conference
- Embrace a “solutions” focus for the meeting and its products
- Select conference topics that are major challenges to the entire world and to which science can contribute significantly toward solutions.
- Provide participants a rich “how-to” experience in the integration of environmental science and policy to develop solutions for major environmental challenges facing society.
- Increase the number and diversity of participants at the conference.
- Build on the meeting results in the other NCSE programs
- Integrate Affiliate universities and colleges into the meeting more broadly and encourage them to become a larger part of the implementation of the plans
- Utilize the conference to broaden the network of supporters of NCSE and its programs.