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BESC Congressional Visits Day

Each year, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC), a group co-chaired by AIBS, hosts a Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.

This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education.

Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other agencies.

Join Us for the 2015 BESC Congressional Visits Day

This year's event will be held in late spring 2015 in Washington, DC. The first day of the event is a training program that will prepare participants for meetings with congressional offices. It will include presentations on the federal budget and effective communication with policymakers. The second day will be spent on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff.

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are encouraged to participate in this important event.

There is no cost to register for this event, but participants are responsible for their travel costs. BESC and its member organizations are not able to pay/reimburse participants for their expenses.

The ideal participant will:

  • Have an interest in science policy.
  • Work in a scientific profession or be enrolled in graduate school.
  • Be able to speak about the importance of biological research funded by NSF and other federal agencies, and provide compelling examples from their own experiences.
  • Be able to pay their hotel, food, and travel expenses.

Need more information? Read the frequently asked questions.

Express your interest in participating in the event by completing the form below. Registration will close on 13 March 2015. Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate the participation of all interested individuals.

Graduate students: Consider applying for the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award.

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