Do not miss the chance to meet with your members of Congress this August.  The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering scientists and research facilities around the nation the opportunity to convey the importance of biological research to their elected officials in their home state.  With Event Sponsors NSC Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sevilleta Field Station, and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-North America, AIBS will help prepare scientists and research facilities to schedule and meet with their members of Congress.  Participating scientists will either set-up meetings with their elected officials at their district office or may invite them to visit a research facility, science collection, or classroom to experience first-hand how science is done and taught.

The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week will be held August 17-21, 2009.  Participants will be prepared for their congressional meetings by an interactive online training session that will help them create and refine their message.  The AIBS Public Policy Office will also provide participating scientists with tips and guidance for scheduling meetings.

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, August 7, 2009.  For more information and to register, please visit http://www.aibs.org/announcements/090708_call_for_participants_for.html.