17-18 May, 2016
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program seeks member volunteers with relevant expertise for a Congressional Visit Day (CVD) focused on weather, water and climate. Participants for the CVD will be selected based on area of expertise, geographic location of residence, and future potential to contribute to the federal policy process, among other factors.
The purposes of this event are 1) to give scientists an opportunity to learn about congress, 2) to build relationships between scientists and Congressional offices, and 3) to help ensure that Members of Congress and their staff have access to the best available scientific information relating to weather, water and climate. This AMS Policy Program event is non-partisan. Information provided to Congressional offices will be policy relevant but not policy prescriptive.
A mandatory training session will take place on Tuesday afternoon, May 17, beginning approximately at 12:00 pm. The training will be held at the AAAS Building located at 1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC. The Hill meetings will take place Wednesday, May 18 from about 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with exact schedules to be provided just prior to the event.
Participation in Congressional Visit Day is a great opportunity for experts in our community to interact directly with Congressional members and staff. It is an invaluable experience for those who would like to learn more about and have greater involvement in the policy arena.
Applicants should submit their name, contact information, and a short biograpy (no more than 200 words) to Ya'el Seid-Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is April 25, 2016.
AMS is not able to provide financial support for travel and lodging expenses for this event.
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