We are currently accepting applications for our January 2021 cohort of Community Science Fellows and Community Leaders.  Apply by 6 November!

About Thriving Earth Exchange

Our Mission

Thriving Earth Exchange strengthens and enhances collaboration among communities, scientists, and partner organizations so that all communities can build healthy, resilient, thriving, just, and ecologically responsible futures.

Our Vision

Thriving Earth Exchange is a leader in contributing to global well-being by supporting communities’ awareness and application of science, and promotes equity by ensuring that all communities benefit from the opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and guide the use of scientific knowledge.


Community Science

Community science is defined as the process by which scientists and communities do science together to advance one or more community priorities. It encourages communities, particularly historically marginalized and oppressed communities, to guide, participate in, learn from, and benefit from science. Community Science is designed to make a tangible local impact. When done well, it can enhance community capacity, advance equity, enrich scientific practices, diversify the sciences, address global challenges, and build public trust and support for science. In this context, “science” is understood to be an inclusive suite of activities (encompassing research, engagement, education, synthesis, and application) nested in a range of intersecting disciplines and ways of knowing with diverse cultural roots.


Local Priorities

In community science, we start with the things communities want to tackle. Conversations, projects and actions are directed by local priorities, values and goals. Local context and priorities are the basis for determining the most relevant science skills to bring to a project to make an impact.


Community science depends on combining expertise from within and outside of science. Thriving Earth Exchange brings Earth and space scientists to the same table as local experts and regional leaders. Through such collaborations, both science and local knowledge are brought to bear to make communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. 

Concrete Impact

Community science produces local impact and will result in a physical, institutional, or knowledge-based change in the community. Community science has ripple effects: it can change the ways scientists approach research, alter public perception of science, and generate solutions that can be shared by many different communities. 


Approved by the Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board in January 2018, the Thriving Earth Exchange Statement on Integrity in Community Science is intended to be a foundation for community science projects launched through Thriving Earth Exchange. It is also a reference for anyone interested in doing community science. It also serves as a framework for identifying shared values at the start of a collaboration. Many cultural traditions and a growing body of research suggest that articulating shared values and responsibilities at the start of a cooperative project improves outcomes and impact.

Community science depends on creating and sustaining partnerships that harvest the benefits of many perspectives. Thriving Earth Exchange hopes to inspire the larger scientific community and encourage strong and expanded collaboration between communities and scientists.