Next Generation Program

In its Voices of Tomorrow feature, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists invites rising experts to submit essays, opinion pieces, and multimedia presentations addressing at least one of the Bulletin's core issues: nuclear risk, climate change, and threats from disruptive technologies. To submit a Voices of Tomorrow essay, please see our guidelines.

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The Leonard M. Rieser Award is the capstone of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Next Generation Program, created to ensure that new voices, steeped in science and public policy, have a trusted platform from which to address the world’s existential challenges. The Rieser Award was established to recognize outstanding emerging science and security experts passionate about advancing peace and security in our time. Inaugurated in 2015, the award is given annually and is selected by the Bulletin’s editorial team from among the publication's Voices of Tomorrow essayists.

The recipient of the Rieser Award receives $1,000 and a subscription to the Bulletin’s bi-monthly journal.


Leonard Rieser
Leonard M. Rieser (1922-1998), for whom the Rieser Award is named, was the Board Chair at the Bulletin from 1984 until his death in 1998. He was a graduate student at the University of Chicago when he worked on the Manhattan Project, and he went on to a distinguished academic career as a professor and provost of Dartmouth College. He strongly believed in the ability of the next generation to play a critical role in finding solutions to persistent global problems.

Recipients of the Leonard M. Rieser Award:


2017: Yangyang Cheng
Let Science be Science Again


2016: Nikita Perumal
The value in activism: Reflections from the Columbia University climate sit-in


2015: Moritz Kütt
Arms-control lessons from the Volkswagen scandal


Communications Workshops

Drawing on its 71-year history, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists hosts a series of workshops that connects experienced public communicators with emerging science and security experts. These daylong workshops are geared toward helping emerging scientists and security leaders develop new communication skills and connect their research findings to those outside their field of expertise by offering tips and insights into using social media, television, radio, and other media platforms to advance ideas.

Support Voices of Tomorrow and the Leonard M. Rieser Award: Contact Colleen McElligott at [email protected]