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U.S. Capitol Hill Visits

Communicate with your US representatives and senators by meeting with them and their staffs in Washington, DC


U.S. Capitol Hill Visits


Throughout the year, Optica offers its members the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives. These meetings give the scientific community a voice in the halls of U.S. Congress, calling on elected officials to recognize the importance of science and technology, keep federal research and development funding levels consistent and sustainable and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. Optica organizes the meetings, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.

In 2021, Optica held Virtual Capitol Hill Visits in late April and also as part of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Congressional Visits Day in July.

Next Opportunity:  Spring 2022.  This page will be updated when details are announced.  To ensure you receive updates on the next opportunity, you can sign up for Optica's Public Affairs News Opt-in email list (to sign up, log into your Optica membership account, under participation, and scroll down to Public Policy and check the box for Optics Legislative Network).

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Read Blogs from Past Participants:

Advocating for Optics and Photonics by Julia Majors, Posted August 2021

My First 'Stint' at Advocacy: Assumptions Versus Reality by Anishkumar Soman, Posted July 2021

Photos from Past Virtual and In-Person Capitol Hill Meetings: