WSAS members at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium on climate change.

WSAS members speaking with student awardees at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Each year WSAS sponsors students to attend the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) conference.

Nobel Laureate Linda Buck receiving her membership certificate at the 2018 New Member Induction Ceremony.

Who We Are

The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is a not-for-profit organization of more than 300 elected members who are nationally recognized for their scientific and technical expertise. All members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine who reside in Washington State are invited to join; others are elected in recognition of their scientific and technical contributions to our nation and their desire to contribute their expertise to inform issues in WA State.

Our Mission

WSAS provides expert scientific and engineering assessments to inform public policy making and works to increase the impact of research in Washington State.

Our Value to Washington

WSAS mobilizes the expertise of our members, plus our network of partners, to provide independent, non-advocate scientific and engineering assessments of issues that impact the citizens, government and businesses of Washington State.

Our Structure

WSAS harnesses member expertise through topical working groups that allow us to be responsive to requests from stakeholders while also proactively identifying emerging issues of importance to the state. These groups address key issues that affect the future of Washington’s natural spaces, built environment, prosperity and well-being of Washington residents. Topical working groups focus on

  • Environmental quality, sustainability and climate change
  • Jobs, infrastructure and economic environment
  • Quality of life, health, education and workforce development

Our Approach

We accomplish our mission by drawing on our state-wide pool of distinguished members, state government officials, and other key stakeholders and experts to address critical issues facing Washington State. We organize and conduct multi-disciplinary roundtable discussions, workshops, and symposia to assess risks, identify technological opportunities, and define critical research gaps. Our use of peer review ensures the studies we conduct, programs and projects we evaluate, and reports we provide are scientifically and technically sound and unbiased resources for informing the development of Washington state policy.