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Division for Planetary Sciences Congressional Visits Day 2014 Sign-Up Form

Fri, 2014-03-28 13:35 -- joshua.shiode

The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Federal Relations Subcommittee is gathering scientists in our community to raise the visibility of and support for planetary science in the Congress. This year, visits will take place 24-25 April and 12-13 May; you can participate in either the April or May dates. In both cases, we require two full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm both days. Business attire is required. Sign-ups are open now through 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, 5 April 2014.

Sign-on Letters

From time to time, the American Astronomical Society joins letters to policymakers written by peer organizations or collectively as part of a coalition. Here you will find links to letters the AAS has joined recently.


Prior to your visits with Members of Congress and their staff, we will host a series of webinars and in-person trainings on how to successfully communicate with policymakers.

Congressional Visits Day 2014

Each year, the AAS participates in a Congressional Visits Day organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. This event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year's event will take place 25 - 26 March 2014.

On Saying "Thank You"

On Thursday, 6 February 2014, I walked around Capitol Hill delivering a letter from our President, David Helfand, to the leadership of the Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over NASA, NSF, and the Department of Energy (DOE)—the three agencies that collectively provide most of the federal support for the astronomical sciences.

What's a AAAC?

In response to a question that passed through my Twitter feed the other day and because they are holding a meeting 3-4 February 2014, I thought I would put together an answer to the question, "What is the AAAC?," which hopefully draws out a little more about the broader "astronomy policy ecosystem."