Are you feeling eager to contribute to improving science communication around COVID-19?

We are looking for volunteers to join a collaboration between several policy/government organizations that have Ask a Scientist tool to answer peoples’ COVID-19 questions. In order for it to function properly, it needs answers, ideally from knowledgeable scientists like you!

In the first weekend, our 250+ volunteers have already answered more than 50 public questions. Click here to join them.


A team of science policy leaders, including the Governance Lab at NYU, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), and New Jersey Innovation Unit, have built an Ask A Scientist tool to answer people’s questions about coronavirus. They already have a decent database for the tool but will need to learn more to answer questions effectively and accurately. The way the tool improves is by people asking it questions it doesn’t know, and having real people provide answers to the question.

We are reaching out to NSPN members and your extended networks, because so many of us have played a role as “the scientist” to our friends and family, helping to explain the nature of biology, public health, and vaccines, among other scientific topics, in recent days and weeks. Plus, this is a collaboration has the potential to reach a significantly larger audience than your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter feeds! 

If you're interested in helping out, enter your information in the form HERE so we can reach out with more information.

We welcome any amount of time you can commit, but the top priorities are accurate information, accessible language, and a relatively fast turnaround. They have launched and welcome new volunteers! Contributors don’t need to be experts in virology or infectious diseases, we welcome anyone with science experience and enthusiasm who is research-minded. Feel free to reach out to us ( if you have any questions or want more details about this project.

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