Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) organizes an opportunity for scientists to inform the nation's science policy. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials, and allows policymakers to learn first-hand about the science and research facilities in their district.
The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event is held throughout the month of August each year. Participating scientists either meet with their elected officials at the local district office or may invite them to visit their research facility. Tours of research facilities are especially encouraged, as such visits provide lawmakers with a personal connection to the scientific activities taking place in their district.
Participants are prepared for their meeting with a policymaker by AIBS Public Policy Office staff. Training for the event is conducted through an interactive webinar program. In addition, participants will receive information about federal appropriations for biological and environmental research, tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official, and resources to craft and communicate an effective message.
"When I met with Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner to discuss the current state of biological research, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never met with an elected representative before, let alone to advocate for something I care about as much as science. Together, the preparation for the meeting and the meeting itself served as an excellent introduction to working on science policy. I experienced how meetings with elected officials work and got lots of ideas for how to advance the cause of scientists in the future. I'm glad I had the chance to work with AIBS in reaching out to my representative on behalf of my fellow scientists."
University of California, Berkeley
Registration for the 2014 event will open later this spring. Email Julie Palakovich Carr to be notified when registration opens.
Note: Participants are responsible for checking their employer's policies regarding involvement in public policy.