Visit the Science Policy Booth

Science Policy events at the 2013 ASA, CSSA & SSSA Annual Meeting


Visit the Science Policy Booth
All attendees invited to participate
Society Center, East Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center
The Science Policy Office is hosting a booth in the Society Center. Stop by and learn more about advocacy activities offered by the Societies and test your Congressional knowledge to be entered into a raffle for a cash prize.

Connect with your members of Congress
All attendees invited to participate
Society Center, East Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center
The October budget deal that put an end to the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, funds the government under a continuing resolution (CR) at FY 2013 levels until January 15. At that time, if a long-term budget agreement has not be reached, another round of across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, will go into effect reducing discretionary spending by $20 billion. These cuts would further strain research funding agencies whose budgets are already stretched thin after several years of flat or decreased funding.

Over the next few weeks a special bipartisan budget conference will be working to develop a long-term spending plan by December 13. During this time it is critical that members of Congress hear from researchers and students about the importance of research funding. Tell Congress to support research funding agencies in the FY14 budget negotiations and not subject them to further budget cuts that could threaten America’s global competitiveness, economic viability and national security.

Using our new advocacy software, Engage, you can contact your members of Congress and tell them to support food, agriculture and natural resources research and maintain the investment in research funding agencies for FY14. Stop by the Science Policy Booth in the Society Center to make your voice heard! LAN members who are not attending the Annual Meeting, should look for email updates on other ways to participate in the budget campaign.

Sessions of Interest:

Career Fair
All attendees invited to participate
Monday, Nov. 4, 3:00–6:00 pm
Career Center, East Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center
Check out the Career Center at the Annual Meetings and learn more about our Congressional Science Fellowship at our Career Fair.

Informal Science Policy Discussion: What the PCAST Report Means to You
All grad students attendees invited to participate
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10:00-11:00am
Graduate Student Lounge, East Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center
The PCAST report on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agricultural Research Enterprise, urged the federal government to invest an additional $700 million in agricultural research to address new challenges: climate change, land and water resources and new pests. Meet one of the report’s co-authors, Harvard’s Dan Schrag, who wants to discuss the political landscape with graduate students and others, about how the report impacts you and the federal support of research and education.

Lunch & Learn
All attendees invited to participate
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12:00–1:00pm
Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom B-D, First Floor

Hear Dan Schrag from Harvard University discuss the Future of the Agriculture Research Enterprise. Lunch concessions available for purchase

Science Policy Luncheon

All grad student attendees invited to participate
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12:00-1:00pm

Marriott Tampa Waterside, Room 5 & 6

The Science Policy Luncheon will give attendees the knowledge and tools to more effectively engage in science policy. Receive an “advocacy 101” lesson and learn why it’s so critical for scientists and grad students to engage in advocacy. Learn about the advocacy activities offered through the Science Policy Office and hear from a panel of members and associates engaged in science policy. Lunch generously provided by Monsanto.