Geosciences Congressional Visits Days

We encourage you to continue engaging with Congress, and apply for next year's Geo-CVD when the registration period opens during Summer 2018. Please visit our webpage for more information on Communicating with Congress.

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with other science societies, invites members of the geoscience community from across the nation to come to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD), which will take place this year on September 12-13, 2017. The Geo-CVD is a great opportunity to gain exposure to the federal legislative process, and provide lawmakers with valuable information to inform policy decisions. Join us and many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals, students, educators, engineers, and executives in Washington D.C. to raise visibility and support for the geosciences! A constructive visit from constituents about the importance and value of geoscience, and geoscience-related engineering, research and education is an effective way for citizens to inform and impact federal science policy.

For more information about Geo-CVD, please contact govt@americangeosciences.org

Eligibility

To be eligible for participation in Geo-CVD, applicants must:

  • Be a registered voter in the U.S. (will be asked to provide zip code)
  • Be a current member of one (or more) of AGI’s 51 member societies
  • Provide a brief description of their interest in science policy and/or any relevant experience
  • Fund their own travel and accomodations in Washington, DC

Applicants must also be able to:

  • Participate in a webinar prior to Geo-CVD in preparation for visits to congressional offices
  • Attend a Geo-CVD training workshop in Washington, DC on September 12, 2017
  • Attend the congressional visits in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2017
  • Review preparatory materials and guidelines, research legislators, and effectively communicate science to general audiences

The closing date for application submissions is August 17. Successful applicants will be notified by August 23, at the latest. 

What To Expect

On Tuesday, September 12, participants will spend the afternoon at a workshop geared toward honing their communication skills. Participants will learn/review the basics of how Congress functions, how to approach meetings with congressional staff, and what relevant legislation, federal agencies, and programs they should be aware of. At the end of the workshop, participants are given time to craft and practice their message one-on-one with experienced geoscience policy staff.

The second day, Wednesday, September 13, will consist of visiting with members of Congress and/or their staff on Capitol Hill. These visits are arranged by society staff who will also accompany groups of participants on the office visits.

Learn more about past geoscience visits days: Geo-CVD 2013 and Geo-CVD 2016.

Background Materials

Online Tools

Helpful Webinars

Communicating with Congress 

Other Geoscience Policy Websites