Sense About Science USA‘s mission is to create and curate a national conversation about the value of scientific progress and the importance of evidence and transparency.
We launched in late 2014, in Brooklyn, New York as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3. Our sister organization in the UK is the charitable trust, Sense About Science, founded in 2003, which grew to play a pivotal role in promoting scientific understanding and defending scientific integrity in the UK and Europe. The original SAS established guiding principles that can be replicated around the world, with each country organization focusing on challenges and needs that are distinct to its home culture and policies. Sense About Science USA is committed to the needs of its US audience, Board of Directors, and funders, and to maintaining independence from any external institutional branding or agenda in the execution of its mission.
In our work, we are delighted to be partnering with those who are committed to missions and projects similar to ours, which presently include the American Statistical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Bioethics International, and the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. We welcome more collaborators!
A note on funding: Sense About Science USA is being established with a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. We would like to achieve similar funding to Sense About Science in the UK, where 95 percent of donations are from members of the public and scientists. We welcome partnerships and donations from scientific societies, research institutions, and community groups. We regret that we are unable to accept industry funding.
For a copy of our Bylaws, as well as our Conflict of Interest clause, which all staff members and members of our Board of Directors have signed, please contact us here.