AGU hosted its second member-only Congressional Visits Day (AGU CVD) on 20-21 April 2016. The event provided an opportunity for AGU members interested in science policy to share the wonder and value of Earth and space science with their legislators in Washington, D.C.
AGU CVD focused on the importance of science funding from the federal government and had member teams representing the key states of California, Colorado, New York and Texas. These states were chosen for 2016 to reach particular legislators that would benefit from hearing more about the value of Earth and space science in their districts.
AGU members who were selected received the opportunity to:
- Participate in a webinar to prepare them for their visit to Washington, D.C.
- Attend a preparatory workshop at AGU headquarters.
- Become part of the legislative process and speak directly to their elected officials and staff about scientific issues important to them and the communities they represent.
- Highlight the importance of science and advocate for funding increases for scientific research in the U.S.
- Learn more about the policy process.
- Acquire tools for communicating science to policy and lay audiences.
- Network with other scientists interested in science policy.
Participants also worked on reviewing materials, researching legislators, preparing a fact sheet about their research and were able to debrief with AGU staff and follow up with legislators after their meetings.
Members have many additional opportunities to increase the visibility and importance of Earth and space science with policy makers and their audience, including visits with legislators in their home districts when Congress is in recess. See other opportunities.