On July 9, Science magazine published a lead letter calling for reduction of the restrictions on travel to scientific meetings for federal researchers. The letter was co-signed by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Immediate Past President, Joseph R. Haywood, PhD. It encourages scientists to help communicate the importance of scientific conferences by submitting stories of professional collaborations, career advancement, or research discoveries that resulted from conference attendance.
The lead letter in Science follows a formal letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing concerns about the effect of federal travel restrictions on the scientific community. This letter was signed by FASEB and more than 100 other organizations that together represent millions of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.