Next Generation Initiative

Leonard M. Rieser Award

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.

Leonard M. Rieser (1922-1998), for whom the Rieser Award is named, was the Board Chair at the Bulletin from 1984 to 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.

Support the Next Generation Initiative

Generous individuals who share Leonard Rieser’s passion for educating future scientists and policymakers about the opportunities and consequences of technological advances are encouraged to contact Anne Puotinen at [email protected].