The National Association
of Marine Laboratories was organized in the 1980s to promote the
efficient exchange of information and expertise between member
institutions from all over the country. In 2005, NAML retained a
Washington D.C. government relations firm to assist in the
development and implementation of its public policy objectives at the
national level. NAML has grown into a leading voice for ocean policy,
science funding, education and outreach. Its government relations
activities focus on promoting the use of sound science in policy
development, increasing the quality of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes
science and education, and boosting funding support for ocean science
and education programs and marine science infrastructure.
Benefits of belonging to NAML:
One of the principle benefits of
membership is the interactions, sharing of information, and
collaborations among the delegates representing the member
laboratories at NAML national and regional meetings. This includes
discussions regarding laboratory infrastructure, operations,
administration, and budgetary issues. Problem solving and help with
decision making enable member laboratories to have direct access to
a diverse and knowledgeable set of colleagues for strategic
Participation in shaping NAML’s
goals and annual priorities through NAML working groups and
Representation in Washington D.C.
by seasoned government relations professionals who interact with the
United States Congress and Federal funding agencies on NAML’s
behalf and who represent NAML among likeminded science and education
organizations in Washington.
Access to up-to-date political and
policy information relevant to research and infrastructure funding
by federal agencies. NAML’s government relations team provides
updates regarding budgets, initiatives, and actions of potential
funding sources in the federal government on monthly phone calls of
the Public Policy Committee
Opportunities to effect policy
change in a meaningful way through activities such as providing
testimony to Congressional committees, commenting on legislation,
interacting with policymakers and staff, and serving as a resource
for information and advice on ocean, coastal and Great Lakes
research and education issues for Federal officials, among others.
Annual national meetings of NAML
in Washington D.C. which offer a platform for thoughtful in-person
discussion with key leaders and decision-makers throughout the
Federal government as well as partner organizations throughout the
ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research and education.
Regional meetings allow the
members to visit many of the member laboratories throughout the
country, thus providing insights into design, function, creativity,
resource use, housing, seawater, and many other issues experienced
by all Laboratories.
NAML provides a network of
laboratories that allows potential collaborations among institutions
and researchers. For instance, the NAML is establishing a network of
sensors associated with seawater intakes that will allow a synoptic
record of changes to ocean conditions. NAML provides an integrated
network for research and monitoring.
NAML provides a mechanism for
member laboratories to advertise vacant positions and courses taught
at member institutions.
promotes research opportunities, especially for students, at its
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