[Taxacom] Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy

Julie Palakovich Carr jpalakovichcarr at aibs.org
Fri Jun 17 13:18:26 CDT 2016

Registration is now open for the Biological Sciences Congressional District
Visits event.

This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological
Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with
their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people,
facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct
scientific research.

Now in its eighth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students,
representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with
scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected
officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either
invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet
at the policymaker's local office.

AIBS will schedule the meetings with lawmakers and will prepare
participants through online training and one-on-one support.

“The annual congressional district visits provided me a low-stress
introduction to science-based advocacy at the state level," said Jessica
Welch of the University of Tennessee, a 2015 participant. "AIBS arranged my
meeting and supplied materials that helped me guide conversation with my

The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological
Sciences, with the support of event sponsors Botanical Society of America,
Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Natural Science Collections
Alliance, Paleontological Society, Society for Freshwater Science, and
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.

Participation is free, but registration will close on July 17, 2016. For
more information and to register, visit

Julie Palakovich Carr
Public Policy Manager
American Institute of Biological Sciences
1201 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 420
Washington, DC 20005

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