Each year the AAS brings members to Washington, DC, for Congressional Visits Day (CVD). This event, organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG), gathers scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives in the nation’s capital to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year CVD will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 March 2014, with both days requiring full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm. Business attire is required. Sign ups are open through 5:00 pm EST on Tuesday, 3 February 2015. And selected volunteers will be notified by 10 February 2015.
Volunteers will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in an all-day seminar on how to communicate effectively with policymakers, followed by a full day of meetings with Capitol Hill and/or White House staff. The pre-briefings will cover both astronomy-specific and more general science-policy issues, with the latter organized by SETWG. During the two weeks prior to CVD, we will also have a series of informational pre-briefings via the web and/or teleconference.