2016 Invitation to the Candidates

August 10, 2016

Dear (Sec Clinton, Gov Johnson, Dr Stein, Mr Trump)
and Key Campaign Policy Staff,

Attached please find a presidential candidates questionnaire entitled:

“2016’s Top Presidential Science, Engineering, Technology, Health and Environmental Questions.” 

These 20 questions were solicited from the public and refined by experts at America’s leading nonpartisan science and engineering organizations. The questions are also available at http://sciencedebate.org/20qs.

President Obama, Senator McCain, and Governor Romney answered similar questions in 2008 and 2012. Our promotion of their responses garnered more than 850 million earned media impressions for the candidates each cycle.

We kindly request the following:

A) Please submit written responses to the questions by September 6 to shawn@sciencedebate.org.

B) Please attend a forum, hosted by our organizations, to discuss your positions on these 20 major policy questions, broadcast by a mutually agreed upon broadcast partner.

Science, engineering, health and environmental issues affect every voter’s life as profoundly as the foreign policy, economic policy, and faith and values candidates often discuss on the campaign trail. In order to successfully manage these increasingly complex issues in the policymaking process, we need to find new ways to incorporate them into our national dialog. Your leadership will help the nation in that process, and polling shows that 87 percent of American voters want to know candidates’ views on these broad issues before they vote.

The ScienceDebate project is supported by nearly every major science organization and university in America.  Supporters are listed at www.sciencedebate.org/signers.html

Thank you for your leadership and your attention to addressing these important policy issues with us and on the campaign trail.




*American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Geographers

*American Chemical Society

American Fisheries Society

American Geophysical Union

*American Geosciences Institute

*American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Institute of Professional Geologists  

American Rock Mechanics Association

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

American Society of Mammalogists

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Association for Women in Geosciences

Association of Ecosystem Research Centers

Automation Federation

*Biophysical Society

Botanical Society of America

Carnegie Institution for Science

Conservation Lands Foundation

Crop Science Society of America

Duke University

Ecological Society of America

Geological Society of America


International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Materials Research Society

NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority

*National Academy of Engineering

*National Academy of Medicine

*National Academy of Sciences

National Cave and Karst Research Institute

*National Center for Science Education

National Ground Water Association

Natural Science Collections Alliance

Northeastern University

Organization of Biological Field Stations

Paleontological Society


Scientific American magazine

Seismological Society of America

*Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Society of Wetland Scientists

Society of Women Engineers

Soil Science Society of America

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Tufts University

*Union of Concerned Scientists

University City Science Center

*U.S. Council on Competitiveness

The Wildlife Society

World Endometriosis Research Foundation America


*Codeveloper of the questions

**Lead partner organization