***UPDATE AUGUST 25TH 2016: OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS HAS NOW CLOSED, BUT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COMING TO THE MEETING WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STILL SEND AN APPLICATION AND WE WILL SEE IF WE CAN HELP FUNDRAISE WITH YOU!***
The “Advocating for Science” symposium and workshop is taking place at MIT September 16-17, 2016, to enable junior scientists to advocate for science. The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to those with a passion for advocating for science to develop their advocacy skills, meet like-minded junior scientists and develop focused efforts together to effect positive change.
To try to extend this meeting beyond the Boston area, we would like to try to fund travel scholarships for attendees from further afield. We are soliciting applications in the hope that we can fund scholarships. We are also keen to help you fundraise in your local area to act as a representative (and have successfully done so for one attendee – blog post to come)!
To apply, please email info[at]futureofresearch.org with answers to the following questions:
Have you been involved in any advocacy activity previously, locally or otherwise, and if so can you give a brief description?
What would you hope to get out of attending the “Advocating for Science” meeting?
What are your hopes for what you would like to do after attending the meeting, using what you have learned?
Please also include estimated travel costs and nights of accommodation required.
The goals of this symposium are to explore the mechanisms currently being used to advocate for necessary systemic changes to the scientific research enterprise and the way it is funded; and to develop practical skills required for effective advocacy with a focused group of interested young scientists. We hope to encourage others further afield to join us and try spreading these abilities more widely beyond Boston!