Scientists Prepare for District Science Advocacy Week
September 28, 2012
by Paula Skedsvold
In a joint partnership effort, FABBS joined forces with its largest member society, the American Psychological Association, to organize a science advocacy training webinar. The goal was to prepare scientists to visit their Member of Congress back home in the district and lend their voices in support of science funding.
Participants learned about current threats to investments in federal research; the message that Members of Congress need to hear from scientists now; and how to conduct the visit, step-by-step. Scientists also learned how to create a one-page briefing sheet on their research that will resonate with their elected officials and tell the story of why investments in that research is important.
With relatively flat funding levels moving into the new fiscal year and new automatic cuts of 8.2% to almost every federal program to begin in January 2013, every voice is needed.
Visits are planned for the week of Oct. 9-12. If you wish to be involved and could not participate in the webinar, please let us know. We will be happy to share materials and/or connect you to others in the district who may be planning a visit to your Member of Congress.