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 an important upcoming event.

Each year, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) hosts a Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.  This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education.

Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, such as that supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other federal agencies.

This year’s event will be held on 10-11 April 2013 in Washington, DC.  The first day of the event is a training program that will prepare participants for meetings with congressional offices.  The second day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff.

There is no cost to participate in this event, but space is limited.  BESC and its member organizations are not able to pay/reimburse participants for their expenses.

Learn more about the event and register to participate at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_visits_day.html.  Registration will close on 7 March 2013.