Dear AIBS Council Representative,
I am pleased to announce that the dates have been set and registration is now open for the 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day event in Washington, DC. This important grassroots advocacy event will be held on April 17-18. I invite you to share this information with the Paleontological Society community.
Take Part in the 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day
Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences for our annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC on April 17-18, 2017.
This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal investment in biological sciences research and education. Event participants advocate for federal funding for biological, life, and environmental sciences research. This event works to build support for the National Science Foundation, but also advocates for research programs in other federal agencies.
This year’s event will be held on April 17-18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Beginning in the afternoon of April 17, participants will be prepared for meetings with their Representative and Senators. Advocacy training will provide participants with information, resources and tips for how to communicate with policymakers and how to successfully engage in the science policy process. The second day of the event will be spent meeting with congressional offices. AIBS will schedule meetings for participants.
In addition, we are offering a one-day short course version of the popular AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This eight-hour professional development program will train scientists to translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to engage with the news media. The course includes formal instruction as well as hands-on and interactive exercises. This professional development training will begin on the afternoon of April 16 and be completed during the morning of April 17. We are pleased to announce that participants in the Congressional Visits Day event may register for this training program at the reduced rate of $150. All individuals who complete this training will receive a certificate acknowledging completion of eight hours of science communication training.
Need more information? Read the frequently asked questions.
Registration for the 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day is now open at https://www.aibs.org/public-
We look forward to seeing you in April.
Robert Gropp, Ph.D.