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Kasey White presents the 2013 USGS Coalition Leadership Award to Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) for his support of hazard and other USGS research.

Tanya Del Valle, a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, participates in the 2009 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day.

GPPC chair Jeff Rubin meets with Senator Merkley (D-OR) in 2012.

Geoscientists meet with Rep. Chet Edwards (R-TX, third from right) during the 2008 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day.

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD)

What is GEO-CVD?

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) is an annual event sponsored by the Geological Society of America in conjunction with other Earth science societies, to increase the visibility of and support for the geosciences in Congress. Participants in GEO-CVD have an opportunity to meet with members of their state’s congressional delegation and staff from congressional committees that have jurisdiction over geoscience issues.

Congressional visits are an important way to bridge the gap between research and policy and reinforce the lines of communication between scientists and legislators. This is a great opportunity to have a direct impact on the process of government and to expand your science communication skillset!

What happens during the Geosciences Congressional Visits Day?

GSA makes it easy for you to go on a Congressional visit. Our staff will create a schedule for you and arrange your training.

Participants begin with an afternoon orientation program that includes background on current legislation, the organization and structure of Congress, and strategies to build relationships between scientists and policymakers, as well as how to conduct effective visits. Participants join teams based on their geographic location and are paired with a society staff member who will accompany them on visits. We also invite participants to attend the annual USGS Coalition awards and reception, which takes place on Capitol Hill.

The second day of GEO-CVD is devoted to congressional visits. During visits, participants discuss a planned “ask” or message with congressional members and their staffers. Asks could include requesting support for legislation, increasing or maintaining the budgets for funding geoscience research, or offering expertise to an office in the future. In every case, going on a visit is a chance to offer yourself as a resource for members and their staff.

Getting involved

This year’s GEO-CVD events are being organized for 16-17 September 2014. To participate, please contact Kasey White, , or Karen Paczkowski, .

Considering going on visits?

All GEO-CVD participants receive training in a half-day workshop the day before the visits, but here are a few thoughts on preparing for meetings:

Contact info

If you would like to participate in the upcoming GEO-CVD or have questions about congressional visits in general, please contact Kasey White, .

 

Keep informed about policy developments

GSA’s Geology and Public Policy webpage and RSS feed have updates about current legislation and policy issues related to the geosciences.

Read about past GEO-CVDs

2013 | 2012 | 2009 | 2008

Resources

GSA: Position Statements
GSA:Congressional Connections and Earth Science Literacy

AAPG: Reflections from Past Congressional Visits (video, 2013)
AGU: Eos article, “AGU Congressional Science Fellow Update: Tips for Scientists
AGU: Communicating Science (with the public and legislators)

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