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*Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy*

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 10th annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.

This national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. This initiative helps to put a face on science and to remind lawmakers that science is happening in their district and state.

The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. *Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.*

AIBS will schedule meetings for participants with lawmakers and will prepare participants through online training and one-on-one support. Meetings will take place mid-July through October, depending on the participant's schedule.

The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors American Society of Naturalists, Botanical Society of America, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Helminthological Society of Washington, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Paleontological Society, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and Society for the Study of Evolution.

Individual registration for participation is free, but required. Registration closes on July 19, 2018. To register, visit https://www.aibs.org/ public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html. Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and graduate students. Best, Jyotsna Pandey, Ph.D. Public Policy Manager American Institute of Biological Sciences

Jyotsna Pandey, Ph.D. Public Policy Manager American Institute of Biological Sciences 1201 New York Avenue, NW Suite 420 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: 202-628-1500 x 225 www.aibs.org Follow us on Twitter! @AIBS_Policy -- This message is confidential and should only be read by its intended recipients.

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