- Launched a national initiative to build a biocollections community that is able to
fully implement the goals of the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance.
- Hosted a workshop--with support from the National Science Foundation--on complex biological data integration.
- Convened a workshop and facilitated the development of an Implementation Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance.
- Rallied the scientific community in opposition to federal budget sequestration.
- Facilitated the participation of scientists with lawmakers in Washington, DC through BESC's Congressional Visits Day and around the nation through the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.
- Provided input on legislation that would set future funding and policy directions for federally supported basic research programs, including the National Science Foundation.
- Organized three science policy briefings on Capitol Hil in 2015.
- Co-chaired two national science policy coalitions: the USGS Coalition and the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition.
- Enabled thousands of scientists to communicate the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to federal lawmakers through the AIBS Legislative Action Center.
- Trained scientists and students on how to effectively communicate with
decision makers and the news media.
- Contributed to efforts to defend the integrity of peer-review and to prevent political forces from defunding specific branches of science and lines of inquiry.
- Provided timely and accurate policy news and analysis to thousands of scientists and decision-makers via the AIBS Public Policy Report and the Washington Watch column in BioScience.
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