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 2013 and find out how you can participate in the future.

A few key accomplishments from 2013:

  • Released the Implementation Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance to help guide implementation of a coordinated, large-scale and sustained effort to digitize the nation’s biological collections.
  • Rallied the scientific community in opposition to federal budget sequestration.
  • Testified before Congress on the importance of federal funding for the United States Geological Survey.
  • Facilitated the interaction of scientists with lawmakers in Washington, DC, through the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, and around the nation through the 5th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.
  • Organized two science policy briefings on Capitol Hill.
  • Arranged 150 meetings with congressional policymakers about biological research and education.

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