September 12-13, 2017
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with many other geoscience 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 Michelle Barreto, Geoscience Policy Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now CLOSED for Geo-CVD 2017.
We encourage you to continue engaging with Congress, and feel free to apply for next year's Geo-CVD when the registration period opens during Summer 2018. For more information on Communicating with Congress, please visit our webpage at https://www.americangeosciences.org/policy/communicate-with-congress.
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, 2017. 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.
- Background Materials
- Value of the Geosciences
- STEM Education/Geoscience Education Pays Off
- What is Geoscience?
- Geoscience in Your State factsheets
Communicating with Congress
- American Geosciences Institute: Tips for writing your member of Congress
- American Geosciences Institute: Helpful hints for meeting with members of Congress
- American Geophysical Union: How to Conduct a Successful District Visit
- National Ground Water Association: Tools for Contacting Congress
- Soil Science Society of America: Advocacy Toolkit
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Community Resources
Other Geoscience Policy Websites
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists: GEO-DC
- American Geosciences Institute: Geoscience Policy Program
- American Geophysical Union: Science Policy
- American Institute of Professional Geologists: Policy Position Statements
- Geological Society of America: Geology & Public Policy and News from the Hill RSS Feed
- National Ground Water Association: Government Affairs
- Seismological Society of America: Government Relations
- Soil Science Society of America: Science Policy
- Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration: Government Affairs and Public Policy
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Government Relations