Despite a daunting political and policy environment, the AIBS Public Policy Office aggressively and successfully advanced the interests of the biological sciences community last year. Learn about our activities and accomplishments in 2012 and find out how you can participate in the future.

A few key accomplishments from 2012:

  • Rallied the scientific community in opposition to federal budget sequestration.
  • Convened a workshop and facilitated the development of the Implementation Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance.
  • Testified before Congress on the importance of federal funding for the US Geological Survey.
  • Facilitated the participation of scientists with lawmakers in Washington, DC, through the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition’s (BESC) Congressional Visits Day, and around the nation through the 4th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.
  • Organized three science policy briefings on Capitol Hill.
  • Influenced the development of sound scientific integrity policies at the National Science Foundation and National Park Service.
  • Trained scientists and students on how to effectively communicate with decision makers and the news media.

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