Abstract # 7925 Event # 90:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:30 PM-01:30 PM: (Grand Ballroom) Roundtable


SCIENCE ADVOCACY: HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO INFLUENCE IT.

P. Kobor1 and J. P. Capitanio2
1American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC, DC 20002-4242, USA, 2University of California, Davis
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     Legislators are eager to hear from their constituents about important matters that come up, but scientists have been slower than other groups to make advocacy a regular activity. In this roundtable, we will make use of our proximity to the American Psychological Association offices to hear from one of their Senior Science Policy Analysts, Pat Kobor, about the science “landscape” in Congress and at NIH. How does science policy happen? What is the legislative process? Is there value in visiting your legislators, either in Washington or in your home districts? What kinds of messages might be most effective when communicating with congressional staffers? Pat will provide an overview of these and other issues, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. While our institutions can play a major role in science advocacy, individual voices are important as well. We hope that this roundtable will be a first step in helping ASP members understand the big picture, and facilitate their becoming effective advocates for science.