Advocacy and Outreach Expert Development Program

Are you an ARVO Member in Training (MIT) that wants to improve your communication skills? Do you know an MIT with a knack for communicating their science? Are you an MIT who loves talking about vision research to whoever will listen?

ARVO is implementing a new initiative — the Advocacy and Outreach Expert Development Pilot Program (AOEDP) — aimed at training MITs to become more effective communicators of vision research to all audiences. The one-year program will accept 20 MIT members — 10 from the U.S. and 10 from outside the U.S.

During the program, participants can expect a number of activities, including:

  • quarterly webinars
  • an in-person orientation at ARVO 2017
  • developing and implementing one advocacy or outreach activity at their institution
  • attending ARVO Advocacy Day 2018 in Washington, D.C. (US participants only)
  • communicating with other participants via ARVOConnect
Upon completing the program, participants will earn a point toward achieving Fellow of ARVO (FARVO) status and be invited to present as a trainer for next year's class.

Applying for the Program is easy. Complete the application and include the following:

  • a two-page CV highlighting previous communication activities
  • 1,000 words describing your interest in the Program and how it will fit into your long-term career goals
  • one letter of reference 

Applications and letters of reference are due February 2, 2017.

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