AIAA leads the way on issue advocacy that impacts the Aerospace sector. Since 1972, AIAA has contributed extensive technical expertise and policy guidance to Congress and the Executive Branch. We testify before the House and Senate on the full spectrum of aerospace issues. Now we're bringing the specialized knowledge of AIAA's members to bear on current national issues - by enlisting the expanded participation of our 66 sections and 65 technical committees in AIAA's public policy activities.
Tackling Important Policies
AIAA continues to be engaged in important matters that have a great impact on our community and affect the Institute as a business. Public access to federally funded research, particularly research that results in peer-reviewed journal articles, has been an issue we have been following for several years now. We continue to seek a sustainable compromise between providing wider access to government funded research while preserving flexible, evidence-based business models. There is still work to be done and we will continue to play an active role in advocating for approaches that does not harm the peer-review process and undermine a fundamental role of AIAA and its fellow technical societies in publishing, preserving, and disseminating cutting edge technical content.
In addition, we are presently part of a large coalition composed of other scientific and engineering societies actively advocating for the easing of travel restrictions for federal employees attending science and technology conferences. Coalition members have held several meetings with congressional offices in an attempt to incorporate language into germane legislation that will define an exemption for the sciences. AIAA has also been engaged in formal conversations with federal agencies to find ways to ease the restrictions at the department-level. To assist with our advocacy efforts, we encourage AIAA members to submit stories highlighting the importance of conference participation to a healthy scientific and technical community. Tell us about a collaboration that started at a conference and led to an exciting new discovery, or how you were exposed to a new way of thinking that was crucial to your success in your field.
Become an Everyday Advocate for Aerospace
It is imperative for all AIAA members to do as much as possible to keep aerospace a priority of our elected officials. Call or write your member of Congress. Attend one of their events in your district. Or, the next time you are in D.C., stop by their office for a visit. This will call attention to the legislation needed, and the support required, to keep American aerospace poised as the strong pillar of our economic prosperity and national security that it already is.
To learn more about our public policy activities and how you can get involved, please contact Steve Sidorek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.264.7541.