2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day

Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences for our annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.

This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other agencies.

This year's event will be held on April 17-18, 2018 in Washington, DC. During the afternoon of April 17, individuals will participate in an advocacy-training program that provides the information required to effectively advocate for their science. On April 18, scientists will participate in congressional meetings organized by AIBS with their elected officials.

Optional training program: In conjunction with the 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day event, we will be offering a short-course version of our popular Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This optional eight hour training program will be offered during the afternoon of April 16 and the morning of April 17. This professional development training program will provide scientists with practical instruction and interactive exercises designed to help researchers and graduate students translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to effectively engage with the news media. Individuals who participate in this training will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed eight hours of professional development training in science communication. The cost for this optional training is $150 per participant.

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are encouraged to participate in this important event.

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

The ideal participant will:

  • Have an interest in science policy.
  • Work in a scientific profession or be enrolled in graduate school.
  • Be able to speak about the importance of biological research funded by NSF and other federal agencies, and provide compelling examples from their own experiences.
  • Be able to pay their hotel, food, and travel expenses.

Need more information? Read the frequently asked questions.

Express your interest in participating in the event. Registration will close on March 4, 2018. Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate the participation of all interested individuals. Everyone who completes the registration form will be notified by March 16, 2018 regarding their participation in the event.

Graduate students: Consider applying for the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award.

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