Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

NSC Alliance Members Invited to Participate in AIBS Virtual Advocacy Event

Members of NSC Alliance are invited to participate in the 2022 Virtual Advocacy Event organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences on April 25-29, 2022.  

Meet with your members of Congress virtually 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 receive online communications and advocacy training.  AIBS will also provide participants with background information and materials, as well as arrange online meetings with lawmakers on April 27-29.

Who should participate?

Scientists, graduate students, educators, or other science community members who are interested in advocating for scientific research and education are encouraged to participate in this important event.

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 federal agencies (e.g. NSF, NIH, USDA).
  • Provide compelling examples from their own experiences.


The Virtual Advocacy Event includes a free, half-day training session on how to be an effective advocate for science policy.  This training session will be held on April 26 and is mandatory for everyone who will be participating in congressional meetings.

Additionally, participants have the option to attend the highly acclaimed AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists.  This online professional development course will be held on April 25-26.  This professional development program provides practical instruction and interactive exercises designed to help scientists (e.g., researchers, graduate students, educators, collections managers, etc.) translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to effectively engage with decision-makers and the news media.  All participants who complete this optional training receive priority access to the Virtual Advocacy Event and a certificate of completion indicating that they have successfully completed 16 hours of communications training.  Click here for more information, including cost, for this two-day training program. As affiliate members of AIBS, NSC Alliance members can register for the training at a discounted rate.


Registration closes on March 16, 2022.  Space is limited and we encourage you to register early.  If registrations exceed program capacity, AIBS may prioritize registrants based on participation in the boot camp training, geographic diversity, and other factors. Register now.

NSC Alliance Members Invited to Participate in AIBS Virtual Advocacy Event
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