1 March 2023


Below is the itinerary for the 2023 CVD. In general, the schedule for CVD will be similar every year, with 1-2 webinars ahead of the visits; optional training on the first afternoon, full-day training on the second day, and a full day of visits on the third day.

Date Time Location Event Description
TBD   Webinar Webinar 1: Getting Ready for CVD
  • Setting meetings
  • Preparing for meetings
  • Other logistics
TBD   Webinar Webinar 2: How Congress Works
  • How science is viewed on the Hill
  • How the federal budget works
  • Answering meeting scheduling questions
Monday 17 April 2023 [Optional]  
  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AAS HQ Meet and Greet Lunch A get-to-know-you lunch before training starts
  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm AAS HQ Science Policy Overview Talks from AAS, other advocates, the NAS, the Administration, and the agencies
  5:00 pm AAS HQ Happy Hour Social Chat with astronomers who now work in policy over snacks 
Tuesday 18 April 2023  
  8:00 am - 8:30 am AAS HQ Arrive at AAS HQ Breakfast and coffee available
  8:30 am - 9:30 am AAS HQ Welcome and Introductions  
  9:30 am - 10:45 am AAS HQ

Advocacy 101 

An Intro to Science Advocacy 

  10:45 am - 11:00 am AAS HQ Break  
  11:00 am - 12:00 pm AAS HQ Meeting Mechanics and The Leave Behind

How meetings will work and going over our leave behind 

  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AAS HQ Lunch Lunch will be provided.
  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AAS HQ NASA Townhall

Learn about NASA's plans for the 2020 decadals

  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AAS HQ Practice Meetings Time to practice delivering your message!
  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AAS HQ Staffer Panel Learn how everything looks from Congressional staff's point of view
  4:00 pm - 4:15 pm AAS HQ Break  
  4:15 pm - 5:00 pm AAS HQ Wrap-up Final thoughts, logistics, and question period
  6:30 pm Agora Group Dinner
Wednesday 19 April 2022  
  8:00 am - 5:30 pm Capitol Hill Congressional Visits

Meetings with lawmakers and staff in teams.

Please refer to Information about Capitol Hill for some useful details.

Local Map

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