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SFPE Partners With Leading Scientific and Engineering Societies on #ScienceQs

Thursday, August 11, 2016  
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SFPE is one of more than 50 leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, calling on U.S. Presidential candidates to address a set of 20 major issues in science, engineering, health and the environment. This effort, led by, stemmed from the strong belief that these issues have at least as profound an impact on voters’ lives as those more frequently covered by journalists, including candidates’ views on economic policy, foreign policy, and faith and values.

The group crowd sourced and refined hundreds of suggestions, then submitted “the 20 most important, most immediate questions” to the Presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson with an invitation to answer the questions in their upcoming media appearances. The questions and answers will also be widely distributed to the science community, journalists, and the general public to help voters make well-informed decisions at the ballot box this November. 

The questions and more information about this initiative are available online at

“In advocating for the fire protection engineering profession, SFPE felt it important to join the many reputable and recognizable organizations involved in this effort, such as the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the other U.S. engineering societies, in showcasing the importance of science and engineering throughout the conversations leading up to the Presidential election,” said SFPE CEO Nicole Testa Boston, CAE. “We look forward to watching the public discussion of these important issues unfold, and to the opportunity these discussions will afford voters to gauge the candidates’ views on scientific and technical issues.”

The consortium posed the questions to the candidates on August 10 and asked that each respond in writing by September 6, as well as attend a forum hosted by the supporting organizations to discuss their positions on the issues.

You can follow the debate and media coverage of the candidates’ responses to these questions by following the hashtag #ScienceQs and visiting

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