The federal budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) will be a top legislative priority when Congress returns from August recess. A bipartisan budget agreement that raises the spending caps and prioritizes research ensures a stronger, healthier and more prosperous nation.
Now is the time to advocate for the role of science in society. Science touches the lives of everyone on the planet. As scientists, we are keenly aware of the role that research and innovation play in strengthening our nation, and now we want the broader public to appreciate how science benefits society.
Save the date and mark your calendar for our upcoming social media campaign #FundUSAscience on Twitter sponsored by the D.C. Pod on Tuesday September 5th to complement the Op-Ed Project “Building a Better Society Through Science” sponsored by 500 Women Scientists, RISE Stronger, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP).
This is an opportunity to step outside of our scientific disciplines to engage with the broader public and share the value of science in society. Show your support and tweet at @500wsDC on Tuesday September 5th using the campaign hashtag #FundUSAscience with a brief description calling out important research in our nation.
Help #FundUSAscience go viral!
- Tweet positive aspirational messages that convey how science benefits society.
- Negative messaging can make it extremely difficult to engage in productive conversations, and 500 Women scientists D.C. Pod will not retweet negative messaging or hashtags (i.e. no #resist). It is okay to discuss implications of budget cuts. However, if you are a federal employee, use your judgment on how best to share this information.
- A picture is worth a thousand words. If you can, include a cool photo of data, a picture of you conducting an experiment, or fieldwork in your tweet.
- Share published Op-Ed articles on Twitter using the hashtag #FundUSAscience.
- Remember to tag the 500 Women Scientists D.C. Pod (@500WSDC) and organizations sponsoring the Op-Ed campaign 500 Women Scientists (@500womensci), Rise Stronger (@RISE_stronger), Union of Concerned Scientists (@UCSUSA), and Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (#ESEP).
- Like and retweet all the #FundUSAscience you find on Twitter!