AIBS members are part of a community of individuals and organizations sharing knowledge and resources to advance research and education in the biological sciences. There are many ways you can support these efforts.
Become a member of the AIBS community of individuals and organizations. Learn more about membership by following one of the following links: Photo credit: Danielle Lee
Research in the biological sciences provides the knowledge that informs our society's decisions about health, public policy, and the environment. To ensure that our policymakers work to promote scientific discovery, increase funding for research, and make decisions that are based on current science, you can participate in and support the following initiatives:
Communicate and connect
- Legislative Action Center -- receive updates on science legislation, contact your elected officials, and learn about the federal budget process.
- Visit Congress -- AIBS staff train you to speak with policymakers and can help arrange meetings with members of Congress and senior members of the Washington, DC, science policy community. For more information, contact the AIBS Public Policy Office.
- Participate in Science Policy and Media Presentations and Workshops -- staffed by professionals with years of experience working with scientists, lawmakers, and opinion shapers, the AIBS Public Policy Office provides public presentations and small-group training programs that help scientists and educators become effective advocates for science. Photo Credit: Julie Palakovich-Carr, AIBS 2012
Communicating the benefits and contributions of science is an engaging, fun, and important part of a scientist's job. It can be very personally rewarding for a scientist, strengthens the science community, improves the public dialog, and is a benefit to all! Many scientists and professionals in biology desire to connect with others to share their enthusiasm for science, but aren't sure where to start. Getting involved can be easy with these resources!
- Understanding Science, a website produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, presents information about how science is really done. It includes an innovative flow chart and many resources that can help you convey your message as you interact with the general public to increase their science literacy.
- COPUS: Join the grassroots community of individuals and organizations who promote engaging the public in science, share resources and strategies as a community, and celebrate the contributions of science to society. Photo credit: COPUS 2011
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- BioScience Table of Contents
- Education Reports: Quarterly electronic report with updates on life sciences education issues, news, and opportunities.
- AIBS Newsletter: Monthly electronic reports with updates on AIBS and member society news.
- Public Policy Report: Bi-monthly electronic report with updates on life sciences policy issues, news, and opportunities.
- Media Announcements: Members of the media can sign up to receive new press releases as AIBS offices issue them.
- ActionBioscience.org Updates: Find out what is new at AIBS's award-winning, free-access, educational website.
- COPUS News: Connect with others who are enthusiastic about sharing science with the public through participation in COPUS. Electronic updates are sent as needed by network administrators.
- AIBS Legislative Action Center: Sign up for important updates about science legislation and how to speak out about it.