Workshop ​Summary

Use your voice: learn how and why scientific, values-based advocacy is an effective way to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

This workshop will build on last year’s advocacy training for all plant pathology scientists: academics, industry members, and government employees. This year, the workshop will be an opportunity for plant health scientists from all sectors and career stages to come together and learn about how they can participate in advocating for support of their science. We will be centering the meeting around the topic of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), a group that APS PPB has advocated for in the past. We will have presenters explaining the timeline for an idea to go from infancy through the appropriations process and into a potential Presidential Budget; current and past members of the NPDN speaking about the advocacy process taken to ensure federal funding for the network and discussing recent accomplishments; and Capitol Hill staffers to listen to elevator pitches generated by workshop participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the strategies for effective communication needed to communicate with members of the legislative and executive branches of government. 
    • Attendees will develop an elevator pitch on the NPDN that would effectively educate a legislator or other government official.
    • By the end of the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to share this pitch with US Appropriations Committee Staffers!

  • Educate attendees on the process and importance of congressional/executive branch visits by groups like the APS Public Policy Board. 
    • Discussions will focus on ways we as a scientific society can interact with national leaders to provide expertise and scientific guidance for policy making. 
    • Attendees will learn about the NPDN, its history, how APS has helped support this network, and some of the accomplishments made by the group. 
    • Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the federal appropriations process and how certain funding becomes available to scientific societies and initiatives. ​


More information coming soon.