“Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS, pronounced EE-liss) is a leadership development program that prepares graduate students to collaborate across boundaries for the benefit of society.”

To learn more about this year’s ELISS Idea Lab, visit elissfellows.org.

Collaborative approach

ELISS fellows work across disciplines, sectors, and region to address complex challenges facing their communities.

“We are living in an era that most of the problems are beyond the capability of one discipline or one group of people to be solved, or even they are beyond the boundary of one country! The only way to tackle these wicked problems is training our scientists and policymakers to believe in the power of communication, to work together and bridge the gap to the community, to define a problem in the first place and design a localized solution.” –Maryam Ghadiri, ELISS fellow 2016

“ELISS is an awesome opportunity! Impacting our local communities and having sustainable change takes collaboration, community involvement throughout the process along with an understanding of how different systems influence each other. ELISS gives me a first-hand experience to developing these skills while facilitating personal and professional growth.” –Mysha Clarke, ELISS fellow 2016

Leadership development

Through the “Idea Lab” process, fellows gain leadership and professional skills.

“A good leader does not know the answer to all questions but he/she has the power of bringing people from different perspectives and mindsets together to co-define the scope of the problem and co-create the answer.” –Maryam Ghadiri, ELISS fellow 2016

Society and community benefit

ELISS fellows engage with local and national stakeholders to better understand and address a pressing societal issue.

 “Through ELISS, I have been able to work closely with a truly interdisciplinary group of individuals. Although many of us differ in almost all areas, the common thread is a passion for improving society. ELISS has not only provided us with training for this interdisciplinary collaboration, but also the support to learn through experience.” -Kimberly Saviers, ELISS fellow 2016

“We will not have a resilient community, unless each of us comes to an understanding that we can make a difference, change and affect the community around us! This way serving a community is not a task any more, it becomes a passion.” –Maryam Ghadiri, ELISS fellow 2016

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