Do not miss the chance to meet with your members of Congress this August. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering scientists around the nation the opportunity to convey the importance of biological research to their elected officials in their home state. With the financial support of Event Sponsors Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Sevilleta Field Station, and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-North America, AIBS will help prepare scientists and research facilities to schedule and meet with their members of Congress. 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 will be held 17-21 August 2009. Participants will be prepared for their congressional meetings by an interactive online training session that will help them 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 7, 2009. For more information and to register, please visit

This effort is made possible because of the generous support of the Sponsoring organizations: Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Natural Science Collections Alliance; Sevilleta Field Station; and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - North America.


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