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Friday, February 08, 2019 - 11:59 AM
2019 AIBS Congressional Visits Day

Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences on March 25-27 for our annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC. (Please note that the dates for the program have changed from March 18-20 to March 25-27, 2019)

Meet with your members of Congress to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences. Advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.

Participants will complete a communications and advocacy training program provided by AIBS that prepares them to be effective advocates for their science. AIBS also provides participants with background information and materials, as well as arranges meetings with lawmakers.

Optional training program: In conjunction with the 2019 AIBS Congressional Visits Day, AIBS is offering its highly acclaimed Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This professional development training course will be offered on March 25-26. All participants who complete the course will receive priority access to the Congressional Visits Day program and a certificate of completion indicating that they have successfully completed 12 hours of communications training. This professional development training program provides practical instruction and interactive exercises designed to help scientists (e.g. researchers, graduate students, professionals, educators) translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to effectively engage with decision-makers and the news media.

Cost for training program: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the program, and a reception on March 25. Transportation and lodging are not included.


AIBS Individual Members. The course is not tax deductible, but a portion of an individual AIBS membership is tax deductible. Join or renew now.


Individuals officially nominated to participate by an AIBS Member Society or Organization (MSO) in good standing.


Individuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS MSO. Join AIBS now to save $55.00.


Group Discount: For any group or organization that sponsors the participation of four or more individuals, the registration rate will be reduced by $30/participant in the group. Please contact membership@aibs.orgfor details.

IMPORTANT: A non-refundable $100 deposit will be required at the time of registration

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are encouraged to participate in this important event.

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

The ideal participant will:

  • Have an interest in science policy.
  • Work in a scientific profession or be enrolled in graduate school.
  • Be able to speak about the importance of biological research funded by NSF and other federal agencies, and provide compelling examples from their own experiences.
  • Be able to pay their hotel, food, and travel expenses.

Need more information? Read the frequently asked questions.

Express your interest in participating in the event by registering. Registration will close on February 8, 2019. Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate the participation of all interested individuals. Everyone who completes the registration form will be notified by February 15, 2019 regarding their participation in the event.

Note: Individuals who register for the training program will be given preference when selecting participants for Congressional Visits Day.

Graduate students: Consider applying for the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award.

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