Next Generation Initiative

About the Initiative

The Bulletin’s Next Generation Initiative was created to ensure that new voices, steeped in science and public policy, have a trusted platform from which to address the world’s most pressing challenges. It includes the well-regarded Voices of Tomorrow column, annual Rieser Award, Editorial Fellows Program, and Board Fellows Program, among other activities.


Our Next Generation Initiative is part of an organizational commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Authors of varied age, ethnic, racial, gender, and social backgrounds pursue stories that are likewise varied—and therefore inherently more interesting than the journalism a less diverse group might produce.

Voices of Tomorrow

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. Voices of Tomorrow authors and multimedia artists are eligible for the Leonard M. Rieser Award. To submit an entry, please see our guidelines.

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