[Taxacom] Calling All Biologists: Showcase Science to Policymakers

Julie Palakovich Carr jpalakovichcarr at aibs.org
Tue Jun 19 09:39:42 CDT 2012

This August, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) will coordinate the 4th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative encourages members of the science community to meet with their elected officials. Unlike other efforts to educate members of Congress about the importance of scientific research and education programs, this event occurs across the country – not in Washington, DC. 

As part of Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits , scientists and representatives of research facilities will meet with their members of Congress to describe how science is conducted and why a sustained investment in research and education programs must be a national priority. Participating scientists will meet with their elected officials at a district office or may invite them to visit a research laboratory, field site, or natural history collection. 

AIBS Public Policy Office staff will provide background materials and a webinar training program to prepare individuals for their meetings. Participants will receive information about federal funding for biological and environmental research, tools for improving their communication skills, and tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official. Participating scientists will receive guidance and some assistance with scheduling meetings. 

Participation is free, but registration will close on July 15, 2012. For more information and to register, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html . 

A Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors 

American Institute of Biological Sciences 
Long-Term Ecological Research Network 
Museum of Comparative Zoology--Harvard University 
Natural Science Collections Alliance 

Julie Palakovich Carr 
Senior Public Policy Associate 
American Institute of Biological Sciences 
1444 I Street, NW Suite 200 
Washington, DC 20005 

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