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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Reports from the Academies are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academies to address a particular statement of task.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.

Learn more about the Academies study process.


Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) exists as the oversight group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that ensures the highest quality, scientific, and technical advice is being provided to our Nation’s decision makers from experts in chemistry and chemical engineering.

BCST committees are currently active in four areas:

  • Chemical and Energy Industries
  • National and Homeland Security
  • Education and Workforce
  • Basic Research


Learn more about the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.