Working to increase federal research funding for the biological sciences, supporting the development and maintenance of natural science collections and national biological research infrastructure, encouraging scientific integrity across the government, and addressing legislation that would significantly affect the ability of scientific society publications to keep the presses rolling — these are a subset of the issues AIBS Public Policy Office staff work on each day. The following illustrate some of our recent accomplishments:
- Convened a workshop and facilitated the development of an Implementation Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance.
- Rallied the scientific community in opposition to federal budget sequestration.
- Testified before Congress on the importance of federal funding for the United States Geological Survey.
- Facilitated participation of scientists with lawmakers in Washington, DC through BESC's Congressional Visits Day, and around the nation through the 4th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.
- Created budget resources to explain the fiscal cliff and analyze President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget request.
- Organized three science policy briefings on Capitol Hil in 2012.
- Co-chaired two national science policy coalitions: the USGS Coalition and the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition.
- Worked with a broad collation of scientific organizations to develop questions for the 2012 Presidential Science Debate.
- Helped to secure $173 million in new funding for the National Science Foundation.
- Influenced the development of sound scientific integrity policies at the National Science Foundation, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency.
- Enabled thousands of scientists to communicate the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to federal lawmakers through the AIBS Legislative Action Center.
- Provided an opportunity for nearly 3,000 students to urge their lawmakers to support scientific research and education.
- Provided communications and policy training to scientists and students.
- Helped the Natural Science Collections Alliance develop and implement a national advocacy campaign that has increased the profile of natural science collections among federal policymakers.
- Successfully promoted evolution education in the K-12 curricula.
- Provided lawmakers with timely information about the state of climate change science.
- Contributed to efforts to defend the integrity of peer-review and to prevent political forces from defunding specific branches of science and lines of inquiry.
- Published Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media, a book that contains practical tips and techniques for successful media outreach by scientists.
- Provided timely and accurate policy news and analysis to thousands of scientists and decision-makers via the AIBS Public Policy Report and the Washington Watch column in BioScience.
Support the AIBS Public Policy Office so that, working together and speaking with one voice, we can more effectively promote the biological sciences.