[unav_all] Geosciences Congressional Visits Opportunity

Linda Rowan rowan at unavco.org
Tue Jul 2 15:50:45 MDT 2013

Dear UNAVCO All,

A consortium of geoscience societies are once again organizing congressional visits in Washington DC from 17-18 September 2013. This is a great opportunity to learn about policy, meet policymakers, meet other geoscientists and be a part of a constructive effort to communicate the value of geoscience R&D. Below is a brief description from the GEOCVD webpage. You can contact the organizers for more details. You may also contact Linda Rowan at UNAVCO for more information regarding any talking points related to geodesy.
Thank you, Linda

Welcome and Introduction

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites geoscientists to come to Washington DC for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) on September 17-18, 2013. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals,  students, educators, engineers, and executives in Washington DC to raise visibility and support for the geosciences.

A constructive visit from citizen geoscientists about the importance and value of geoscience (and geoscience-related engineering) research and education is the most effective way to inform and impact federal science policy.

Download 2013 Congressional Visits Day Flyer (PDF)

Prospective Participants

How to Sign Up

AGI, AGU, GSA, AAPG and other geoscience societies are organizing Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) for 17-18 September of 2013. Many other AGI member societies participate in GEO-CVD through AGI and everyone is welcome. Contact your participating society below or email AGI’s Government Affairs staff (govt @ agiweb.org) to sign-up.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

What To Expect

Participants will spend the first afternoon at a workshop learning how Congress works, how to conduct congressional visits, about relevant legislation, and about relevant federal agencies and programs.  At the end of the workshop, participants are given time to craft and practice their message.

The second day will consist of visits with members of Congress or congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The visits will focus on the importance of geoscience research and development and geoscience education. Geoscientists will speak for these shared concerns with a unified message and can enhance the message by using examples from their professional work and experiences. All of the scheduling and logistics for the workshop and visits will be arranged by the geosocieties.

Video: Watch this informational video about Congressional Visits Day from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Linda Rowan, External Affairs Director
6350 Nautilus Drive
Boulder CO 80301-5394

Office: 303-381-7571
Fax: 303-381-7501
Cell: 202-577-4460
Skype: lbifrowan
rowan at unavco.org

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