The AIBS Public Policy Office is a leader and member of several science policy coalitions. These collaborative efforts bring together scientific and professional organizations representing a range of scientific disciplines to advance science policy issues in Congress and the Executive Branch.
AIBS and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) partnered to launch the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) in 2002. This alliance of scientific and professional societies, associations, and academic institutions are united by a goal to enhance awareness and appreciation for the biological and ecological sciences on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and in federal agencies. BESC is currently co-chaired by AIBS Director of Public Policy, Robert Gropp, and Alison Mize, Director of Public Affairs for the Ecological Society of America.
Since its inception, BESC has worked to increase the nation's investment in fundamental biological research across all federal agencies. Perhaps BESC's most visible activity has been the annual Congressional Visits Day. This event draws scientists from around the country to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal investments in biological, agricultural, and environmental science.
More information on the coalition, including copies of public statements and membership information, can be found at the BESC website (www.esa.org/besc/). Societies or organizations interested in joining BESC should contact Robert Gropp, AIBS Director of Public Policy at , or Alison Mize, ESA Director of Public Affairs at Alison@esa.org.
AIBS is a founding member of the USGS Coalition, an alliance of more than 70 scientific, professional, and educational organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the unique combination of biological, geological, hydrological and mapping programs of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). AIBS Public Policy Manager, Julie Palakovich Carr, currently co-chairs the USGS Coalition with Elizabeth Duffy.
The USGS provides independent, high-quality data, information, research support and assessments needed by federal, state, local, and tribal policymakers, resource and emergency managers, researchers and educators, and the public. The USGS Coalition supports increased federal investment in USGS programs that underpin responsible natural resource stewardship, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, and contribute to the long-term health, security and prosperity of the nation.
The USGS Coalition engages in a number of activities to highlight the importance of the work of the USGS. The Coalition provides testimony to House and Senate committees, organizes Congressional visits, and hosts an annual Capitol Hill reception -- an event that recognizes the support of members of Congress and provides lawmakers with an opportunity to learn more about USGS science programs.
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