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Bullet events, policy · Jan 13, 2021

2021 Virtual Advocacy Event

Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences on April 19-23, 2021 for our Virtual Advocacy Event.


Important Notice

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual event replaces our annual in-person Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.


Meet with your members of Congress virtually 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.

Participants will receive online communications and advocacy training. AIBS will also provide participants with background information and materials, as well as arrange online meetings with lawmakers on April 21-23.

Who should participate?

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.

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 federal agencies (e.g. NSF, NIH, USDA).
  • Provide compelling examples from their own experiences.

Training

The virtual event includes a free, half-day training session on how to be an effective advocate for science policy. This training session will be held on April 20, 2021 and is mandatory for everyone who will be participating in congressional meetings.

Additionally, participants have the option to attend the highly acclaimed AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This online professional development course will be held on April 19-20, 2021. This professional development program provides practical instruction and interactive exercises designed to help scientists (e.g. researchers, graduate students, administrators, educators) translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to effectively engage with decision-makers and the news media. All participants who complete this optional training receive priority access to the Virtual Advocacy Event and a certificate of completion indicating that they have successfully completed 16 hours of communications training. Click here for more information, including cost, for this two-day training program.

If you do not wish to participate in the Virtual Advocacy Event and would like to register only for the Communications Boot Camp, click here.

Need more information?

Read the frequently asked questions.

Registration

Express your interest in participating in the event by registering. Registration closes on March 17, 2021.

Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate the participation of all interested individuals. If registrations exceed program capacity, AIBS may prioritize registrants based on participation in the boot camp training, geographic diversity, and other factors. Everyone who completes the registration form will be notified by March 26, 2021 regarding their participation in the event.

Individuals who register for the optional boot camp training will be given preference to participate in the Virtual Advocacy Event.

Register for the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Event below:

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