Member Center: Advocacy & Outreach

10:00 a.m. Advocacy and Outreach-“How to Interact with Your Congressional Representative” with Robert Boege, CEO of ASTRA (Room 18)
Moderator: Mikel “Micky” Holcomb, West Virginia Univ.

Our community of scientists is notoriously blasé about the need to be proactively engaged with politicians, assuming instead that our research results are sufficient to open doors and purses. This approach may have been the norm some decades ago, but is definitely a losing strategy for reversing the funding trends prevailing in recent decades, a situation that is especially acute today in view of the proposed draconian cuts in S&T funding contemplated by the new administration. A reversal can only be accomplished through community-wide effective communication and engagements with our congressional delegations. Our speaker for this special session, Robert Boege, CEO of the pro-research federation ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America, and co-organizer of the annual Congressional Visits Day, has decades of experience promoting science support on the Hill. During this session, he will share the most effective means of engagement with our congressional delegates, which range from traditional communication efforts all the way to quest of becoming a trusted science resource to your delegate and staff.
10:00 a.m. Advocacy and Outreach-Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey (Room 18)
Moderator: Bridget Rogers, Vanderbilt Univ.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine need YOUR input to determine:

  • What has been the progress, achievements, and changes in the materials R&D landscape over the past decade?
  • What are the key areas in materials research that have major scientific gaps or have promising investment opportunities for 2020-2030?
  • What are the challenges in materials research for the next decade and how might these challenges be addressed?

The National Academies is conducting a decadal study to help guide the direction of future materials related research funding, including topics ranging from traditional materials science and engineering, to surface science and condensed matter physics). Please join members of the study committee at this Town Hall meeting to discuss future directions for materials research. The committee is coming to listen to the AVS community before writing its recommendations. This Town Hall is your opportunity to give the committee your thoughts to guide their recommendations.