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The 6th Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD)
September 17-18, 2013


Welcome and Introduction

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites geoscientists to come to Washington DC for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) on September 17-18, 2013. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals,  students, educators, engineers, and executives in Washington DC to raise visibility and support for the geosciences.

A constructive visit from citizen geoscientists about the importance and value of geoscience (and geoscience-related engineering) research and education is the most effective way to inform and impact federal science policy.

Download 2013 Congressional Visits Day Flyer (PDF)


Prospective Participants

How to Sign Up

Geoscience societies are organizing Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) for September 17-18, 2013. Many other AGI member societies participate in GEO-CVD through AGI and everyone is welcome. Contact your participating society below or email AGI’s Government Affairs staff ( to sign-up.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
The Paleontological Society (PS)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

What To Expect

Participants will spend the first afternoon at a workshop learning how Congress works, how to conduct congressional visits, about relevant legislation, and about relevant federal agencies and programs.  At the end of the workshop, participants are given time to craft and practice their message.

The second day will consist of visits with members of Congress or congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The visits will focus on the importance of geoscience research and development and geoscience education. Geoscientists will speak for these shared concerns with a unified message and can enhance the message by using examples from their professional work and experiences. All of the scheduling and logistics for the workshop and visits will be arranged by the geosocieties.

Video: Watch this informational video about Congressional Visits Day from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Click on the links below for more information from past GEO-CVDs.


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For more information, contact Maeve Boland (
Last updated August 23, 2013

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