Advocating for Science and Scientists

Now more than ever — whether it’s in everyday conversations with friends and family, or in lobbying government for support and funding — we need advocates for science. The events in the Advocating for Science and Scientists series will provide information, tools and skills to better equip you to advocate for basic research, higher education, science funding, and scientific rigor in policy and decision-making.


All Advocating for Science and Scientists Series events are co-presented by the Graduate Division and the Science Policy Group at UCSF. (Other advocacy-related events are listed below for your interest. These may be hosted by other groups as indicated.)

News and Highlights

Advocacy 101
We had a fantastic turnout for Science Advocacy 101, a forum with Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy Keith Yamamoto and leaders in science advocacy across UCSF, on March 27. Watch Advocacy 101, moderated by Dr. Liz Silva, associate dean of graduate programs. Like slides? Watch the classroom capture version.

Twitter for Science
Co-hosted with UCSF University Relations, this hands-on practical workshop offered something for everyone, from the new user who's always wondered what Twitter is all about, to the seasoned tweeter. Prepare to share your pictures and experiences at the April 22 March for Science in Washington and sattelite march in San Francisco. Watch Twitter for Science on YouTube.


Upcoming Events

April 22, 8 - 10:45 a.m. | Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
"Stand Up for Science" Teach-In and Rally
UCSF will “Stand Up for Science” in solidarity with other members of the academic and scientific communities with a teach-in and rally on the morning of Saturday, April 22 — the same day as the March for Science in Washington and sattelite march in San Francisco. The teach-in will feature UCSF faculty members who have pursued research that has clashed with political sentiments. Immediately after the teach-in, join the Bay Area life sciences community in speaking out for our shared values of diversity and inclusion in advancing scientific discovery. Co-hosted by UCSF, in partnership with the California Life Sciences Association and Gladstone Institutes. See the campus calendar listing for more details and to register.

May 3, 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
Dealing With Science Denial and Why I Don't Call It That Anymore
Hear from Dr. Ann Reid, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. (Read her March 7, 2017 article "Why NCSE is Marching for Science" in the Huffington Post.)