Gwen joined AAAS in January 2010 as a Senior Program Associate. She organizes international meeting activities in countries in the broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA), Uzbekistan and Europe. Her interest is in understanding how to better international scientific relationships in the life sciences to address Global challenges. At AAAS, she organized a series of workshops, entitled “International Engagement: Responsible Science for a Safe and Secure Society” in the BMENA region, along with managing a small collaborative grant program. With the new Broader Middle East and North Africa Bioscience Forum, she is working with volunteer members of the Forum to promote and advocate collaborative research and principles of bioethics, biosafety, and biosecurity among researchers. Among other activities, she also explores new opportunities for positive bioengagement in BMENA region and Uzbekistan, including development of research-related risks case studies, and manages a small exchange/visiting program (BMENA).
She also assumed day-to-day responsibility for two projects “BILAT-USA” and “Link2US”, supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The projects sought to enhance awareness on both sides of the Atlantic of opportunities for EU-U.S. S&T cooperation through dialogues and information exchange activities.
Before joining AAAS, Gwen has worked for the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), as its Meeting Coordinator. Before working in the U.S., she worked for the National Research Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France, as a Communications Specialist where she coordinated events nationally and internationally in order to “popularize” science to the general public.
Gwen holds a Master of Arts in Scientific Communication from Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, and a Master of Science in Oceanography, specialized in primary producers from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.
Non-peer Reviewed Publications:
- G. Coat, I. Abdurakhmonov, N.P. Neureiter. Future Opportunities for U.S.-Uzbekistan Cooperation in the Life-Sciences – Workshop Report.
- Various authors – International Engagement: Responsible Science for a Safe and Secure Society – Workshop series reports.
- G. Coat, S. Papia and T. Wang United States Federal Government Funding Programmes and European Union Researchers. Project Report – Link2US G.A. no244371.
- G. Coat, T. Wang. European Participation in U.S. Federal Science & Technology Research Funding Programs: Case Study of Department of Energy-Funded Researchers. Project Report – Link2US G.A. no244371.
- E. Tzatzanis-Stepanovic, I. Slosar, and G.Coat. Fostering EU-U.S. Cooperation in Science and Technology. Volum XLIV, No1 – NCURA magazine, 2012
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Barkman, T.J., J.R. McNeal, S.H. Lim, G. Coat, H.B. Croom, N. Young, and C.W. dePamphilis. Mitochondrial DNA suggests at least 11 origins of parasitism in angiosperms and reveals genomic chimerism in parasitic plants. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2007; 7:248.
- Bowe LM, Coat G, dePamphilis CW. Phylogeny of seed plants based on all three genomic compartments: extant gymnosperms are monophyletic and Gnetales’ closest relatives are conifers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000; 97(8):4092-7.
- P. Dion, B. De Reviers & G. Coat. Ulva armoricana sp. nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta) from the coasts of Brittany (France). I. Morphological identification. European Journal of Phycology, 1998; 33(1):73-80.
- G. Coat, P. Dion, M.-C. Noailles, B. De Reviers, J.-M. Fontaine, Y. Berger-Perrot & S. Loiseaux-De Goër. Ulva armoricana sp. nov. (Ulvales, Chlorophyta) from the coasts of Brittany (France). II. Nuclear rDNA ITS sequence analysis. European Journal of Phycology, 1998; 33(1): 81-86.