This August, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) with the support of Event Sponsors — Sevilleta Field Station, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - North America, and the Natural Science Collections Alliance — will launch a nationwide event intended to help scientists and research centers illustrate the importance of biological research to their elected officials. The August, while Congress is in recess, is an outstanding opportunity for individuals to meet their elected officials in their own district rather than in Washington, DC. This event will enable elected officials to learn first-hand about the science and research facilities in their district.

During this week, participating scientists and research facilities (e.g., field stations, natural science collections) will meet with their members of Congress to show them first-hand the importance of sustained federal investments in biological science research and education. Participating scientists will either set-up meetings with their elected officials at their district office or may invite them to visit a research facility, laboratory, or classroom to experience first-hand how science is done and taught.

The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week is 17-21 August 2009.

Participants will be prepared for their congressional meeting(s) by an interactive online training session that will help individuals create and refine their message. The AIBS Public Policy Office will also provide participating scientists with tips and guidance for scheduling meetings.

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited. The deadline for registering is August 5, 2009. For more information and to register, please visit

If you organization is interested in becoming a Sponsor or Supporter of this event, please contact AIBS director of public policy Dr. Robert Gropp at 202-628-1500 x 250.


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