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Meet US Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy

Thursday, June 8, 2017  
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Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.

This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), is an opportunity for biologists across the US 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 ninth 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 prepare participants through online training and one-on-one support.

“Participating in the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event was an invaluable experience to have as a graduate student,” said 2016 participate Erin Larson. “The training provided by AIBS made me feel confident and ready to go have a conversation with Representative Reed’s District Director about federal funding, especially how it’s benefitted me during my Ph.D. I was struck during our meeting by how meaningful it is to ‘show up’ and participate in the political process, especially as it relates to federal funding for the biological sciences. We scientists take the importance of federal funding to do our research to be a given, but its important for us to be able to communicate that effectively, especially with policymakers, to ensure that federal funding is maintained in the future.”

The event is made possible by AIBS, with the support of event sponsors American Society of Plant Taxonomists, American Society of Primatologists, Botanical Society of America, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Helminthological Society of Washington, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Paleontological Society, Society for Freshwater Science and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and event supporter Society of Nematologists.

Participation is free, but registration will close on 18 July 2017. For more information and to register, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html.