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.