Pilot City: Pittsburgh
The Science & Engineering Ambassador Program, a new initiative from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, was created to build on the respect people hold for scientists and engineers and to address the need for a greater popular understanding of scientific issues. The program will select, prepare, and support a team of science and engineering ambassadors—beginning with the topic of energy—to work in their local communities to improve the public understanding of and engagement with energy-related issues, while also providing opportunities for scientists and engineers to interact with members of their community.
In a 2005 Research!America poll, 82% of Americans surveyed said they do not personally know a scientist.
Scientists and engineers are an important part of every community. Learn more about how the Science and Engineering Ambassador Program will work to develop strong relationships between community members and their local scientists and engineers.
This program depends on volunteer ambassadors from the scientific community as well as effective partnerships with community leaders.
Learn more about how to become an ambassador, how to partner with the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, or how to share an idea for an activity or program focused on the topic of energy.
The National Research Council’s 2010 set of reports, America’s Energy Future, provides a clear look at our current energy situation—and our options for the future.
Find links to this and other trustworthy resources focused on the topic of energy, including reports and studies geared to technical audiences as well as print and web-based materials that serve as primers for general audiences.
This program would not be possible without the financial support of key individuals and institutions.
The initial phases of this program have been supported by several sources, all of which believe in the importance of the effort and its potential impact. Learn more about who has supported the project to date and how you can become a funder.
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Whether you want to inquire about becoming an ambassador, reach out as a potential partner, suggest an idea for an event, or contact us for any other reason, we would be happy to hear from you.