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Bullet events, policy · Mar 18, 2020

AIBS Congressional Visits Day

Meet with your members of Congress to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences. Advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.


Important Notice Regarding AIBS Congressional Visits Day

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, AIBS has determined that the appropriate course of action at this time is to postpone the spring Congressional Visits Day. In the coming weeks, we will evaluate options for rescheduling the event for a time this fall.

We appreciate your flexibility and commitment to science-informed public policy. In the coming weeks, AIBS will be sharing opportunities to communicate with members of Congress through the online AIBS Legislative Action Center. We will also organize a “call-in” day - a coordinated event where participants will call members of Congress to express support for science.

If you would like to participate in these efforts, please click here to fill out the interest form.


Participants will complete a communications and advocacy training program provided by AIBS that prepares them to be effective advocates for their science. AIBS also provides participants with background information and materials, as well as arranges meetings with lawmakers.

IMPORTANT: Participants interested in the communications training program need to register for it separately. A non-refundable $100 deposit will be required at the time of registration

Register for the communications training program.

Scientists, graduate students, educators, or other science community members who are interested in advocating for scientific research and education are encouraged to participate in this important event.

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

The ideal participant will:

  • Work in a scientific profession or be enrolled in graduate school.
  • Be able to speak about the importance of biological research funded by federal agencies (e.g. NSF, NIH, USDA).
  • Provide compelling examples from their own experiences.