Training Opportunities


Congressional Visits Day

Each year, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC), a group cochaired by AIBS, hosts a Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC. This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other agencies.

Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

Each summer, AIBS organizes an opportunity for scientists to inform the nation’s science policy. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials and allows policymakers to learn firsthand about the science and research facilities in their district.

Student Opportunities


Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

As part of its focus on engaging scientists in the public policy process, AIBS has established the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences and science education who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. EPPLA recipients receive firsthand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

Graduate Student Policy Internship

The AIBS Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC, periodically offers paid and unpaid science policy internships for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences. This unique public policy training opportunity provides young scientists with valuable firsthand experience in public policy.

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Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media

Scientists are frequently called on to provide expert information on hot button issues that pervade the daily news, yet most find themselves unprepared for the bright lights of the television studio or leading questions from a newspaper journalist. This publication from the AIBS will prepare scientists for successful media interviews.