Starting a science advocacy group

  • • Use ASBMB’s Advocacy Toolkit website to educate yourself on how to interact with members of Congress.
  • • Participate in Capitol Hill visits such as ASBMB’s Hill Day.
  • • ASBMB can help you schedule meetings in the local district offices of your members of Congress. Contact Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb at
  • • Attend career talks and webinars provided by professional societies featuring professionals in policy and advocacy.

Scientists today have the opportunity to play a key role in science advocacy. With the current funding climate and the beginning of a new year, now is a better time than ever to start an advocacy group.
But how do you do so? I am fortunate to be a member of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Science Policy Advocacy Group. And I’m here to tell you how to start your own group with the help of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s public affairs staff!

It starts with you
Be a voice
  • • Start an e-newsletter or mailing list with important advocacy opportunities and articles provided by the ASBMB Policy Blotter’s weekly science roundup.
  • • Join the ASBMB’s op-ed letter-writing campaign and write to your school’s or town’s newspapers.
  • • Connect to the ASBMB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, voice your opinion on science policy issues and start a social network page about advocacy.
Reach out
  • • Use the ASBMB’s advocacy-related websites and social-networking sites to find advocacy groups.
  • • Ask the ASBMB public affairs staff to connect you with advocacy groups to learn how they started and what kind of programming they do.
  • • See if any of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee faculty members are at your university or a part of your network.
SHARE! One way to bring together a community of like interests is to share your experiences.
Stephani PageStefani Page ( is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.
Shaila KotadiaShaila Kotadia (, the ASBMB's science policy fellow, also contributed to this article.