On 27 March 2009, the AIBS Public Policy Office provided testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations in support of increased fiscal year 2010 federal appropriations for the competitive, peer-reviewed research grant programs at the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
To read the complete testimony, please go to www.aibs.org/position-statements.
The Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC) and the Long Term Ecological Research Network have arranged for the AIBS Public Policy Office (PPO) to conduct policy training workshops for their member scientists at their forthcoming meetings this September.
The AERC will meet in Washington, DC, 24–25 September 2009. In addition to the policy training workshop for AERC members, the PPO is once again helping AERC host a science briefing for policymakers. The briefing, a focused subset of the AERC annual science meeting, provides policymakers in Washington with timely ecosystem science related to a current policy discussion. For more information about AERC, please visit www.ecosystemresearch.org.
Also in September, the PPO will conduct a half-day policy training workshop at the Long Term Ecological Research Network All Scientists Meeting (LTER ASM). The LTER ASM will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, 13–17 September 2009. For more information about the LTER ASM, please see www.lternet.edu/asm/2006.
The AIBS PPO offers a variety of policy and media training programs, from short, one-hour presentations to half-day and full-day programs. For additional information about AIBS policy and media training programs, please visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/policy_training.html or contact AIBS Director of Public Policy Robert Gropp at 202-628-1500.
Robert Gropp, AIBS director of public policy, and Nadine Lymn, public affairs director of the Ecological Society of America, have teamed together to analyze the fiscal year 2010 budget request for biological and ecological sciences programs in the federal government.
The analysis, which appears as a chapter in American Association for the Advancement of Science Report XXXIV: Research and Development FY 2010, offers insights into recent federal policy initiatives that affect federal funding for the biological sciences. The chapter analyzes recent funding patterns and policy directions of six federal agencies that administer intramural and extramural research programs for the biological sciences: the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the US Geological Survey. To keep up to date on federal budget developments, visit the AIBS public policy Web site (www.aibs.org/public-policy) or sign up to receive free, biweekly public policy reports (www.aibs.org/public-policy-signup).
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