What is COPUS?

COPUS is a grassroots movement to achieve a national, cultural shift toward increased understanding of what science is, who scientists are, what they do, and why science matters. COPUS is built around three values: community, celebration, and promotion.



We are passionate people promoting good science. By working together as a community, we can build on the cumulative energies, strengths, and perspectives of our members. Learn how to join the COPUS community.



Celebrations provide opportunities to reflect on the positive contributions of science to society - besides, science is fun and well worth celebrating! Learn more about how we celebrate science...



Science needs good promotion. COPUS facilitates dialogue and shares resources through meaningful person-to-person interactions, making it easier to learn about how science works and why it matters to society. Learn more about how we promote science...


What does COPUS do?

COPUS catalyzes connections--locally, regionally, nationally--to people, resources, and programs. This means you can't always see where COPUS has been, or you may not know that COPUS has impacted you! Once you participate in the network, you will start to see how the connections broaden your perspectives, expand your network, and energize you through the voices of the many people like you who are passionate about science! To learn more about COPUS accomplishments visit our history page.

The objectives of COPUS are to:

(1) build a core group of passionate enthusiasts that advance the movement together while providing professional and personal support for one another
(2) promote innovation and experimentation in how we communicate science
(3) share what COPUS learns and creates with the larger scientific community
(4) increase person to person interactions that build awareness and understanding of how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters
(5) expand COPUS members' understanding of the public to ensure respect for the beliefs and experiences that influence their understanding of science.

Who is behind this movement?

Community This is an inclusive effort! Anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, share ideas, and encourage one another in their efforts. The only criterion is an agreement with the following characterization of science:

  • Science proposes natural explanations for how the world works and tests those explanations by making observations of the natural world. Scientific explanations must be predictive and hence, falsifiable or testable.
  • Science is an intellectual and social endeavor.
Learn more about the participant network...

Guiding COPUS is an eclectic group of individuals invested in promoting good science, who "meet" to discuss strategies and opportunities that will serve the community as a whole. Learn more about the COPUS Corps...

What is the history of this effort?

COPUS, which originated in 2006, is constantly evolving as an understanding of the needs and the values of the community become more clearly understood. Learn more about our history...

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