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AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy: Recipients

Abdelbagi Ismail and Uma Shankar Singh were recognized for their role in initiating and catalyzing the impact of the Seed Without Borders initiative in Southeast and South Asia.

Sir David King was recognized for his diplomatic stewardship towards international consensus for urgent global action on climate change.

Carlos Nobre was honored for his career-spanning work to understand and protect the biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon.

Exequiel Ezcurra was recognized for his leadership in bringing together research, education, outreach and policy in service of environmental protection, particularly at the United States-Mexico border.

Five architects of SESAME were recognized for their dedication and commitment to building SESAME as a hub for research and understanding in the Middle East.

Lassina Zerbo was recognized for using his scientific expertise and leadership ability to tackle difficult challenges and promoting world peace.  (Note: the AAAS naming convention changed; the winner nominated in 2017 was conferred the Award in 2018.)

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor was recognized for long track record of using science and technology to support development in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Peter Gluckman was recognized for transforming the theory and practice of science advice—an essential component of science diplomacy—by bringing its practitioners together into a global network.

Zafra Lerman was recognized for promoting multinational scientific cooperation in the Middle East through the Malta Conferences. 

Siegfried Hecker was recognized for his lifetime commitment to using the tools of science to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism and his dedication to building bridges through science during the period following the end of the Cold War.

Nancy B. Jackson was recognized for her ongoing commitment to international science cooperation to prevent the theft and diversion of chemicals through the establishment of the Chemical Security Engagement Program and for developing, nurturing, and advancing careers of scientists worldwide, with a special emphasis on women scientists in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy was not awarded this year.

Glenn E. Schweitzer was selected for demonstrating the potential for and power of international cooperation in advancing high caliber science, even in the most challenging situations.

Katepalli R. Sreenivasan is honored for his role as a leader of an international research center that promotes cutting edge science by bringing together the brightest minds from nations within and beyond the developing world.

Thomas R. Pickering is honored for his commitment to advancing the application of science and technology for diplomacy.

Robert Watson is honored for his extraordinary contributions to promoting international scientific cooperation in scientific research, communication, and training, and for his work to increase understanding of climate change and sustainable development.

Jianguo Wu is honored for pioneering efforts and outstanding contributions to international initiatives in support of sustainability science, specifically his conceptual modeling activities, commitment to landscape ecological research, and mentoring of young scholars.

The recipients of the AAAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation are Kyle T. Alfriend, Paul J. Cefola, Felix R. Hoots, and P. Kenneth Seidelmann from the United States, and Andrey I. Nazarenko, Vasiliy S. Yurasov, and Stanislav S. Veniaminov from Russia. These dedicated scientists are honored for their determination to transcend numerous limitations to collaboration, and their pioneering work advancing state-of-the-art space surveillance in the United States and Russia for the benefits of the worldwide astrodynamics community and the safety of human activity in space.

Dr. Michael Jeffrey Balick is the recipient of the AAAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation. He is honored for his leadership in the field of ethnobotany and his devotion to establishing international collaborations and institutions that work toward preserving traditional knowledge and respect for the values of local communities.

Dr. Mahabir P. Gupta, for his continuous efforts in the promotion of international scientific cooperation in the Ibero-American countries and for the study and utilization of biodiversity as a source of novel pharmaceuticals for the benefit of all people.

L.S. ‘Skip’ Fletcher was honored for his continuous development of engineering programs and curricula across national boundaries that provide networks of collaboration among scientists worldwide.

Guenther Bauer, Professor of Semiconductor Physics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria

Dr. Bauer was honored for his scientific accomplishments in the field of semiconductor physics and his outstanding work in institution building and collaboration with numerous scientists across political and national boundaries and promotion of equal opportunities for women in physics.


Kenneth Bridbord, Director, Division of International Training and Research, John E. Fogarty
International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Bridbord was honored for his decisive impact in training researchers worldwide for productive and collaborative public health research, and significantly expanding training and collaborative research on AIDS.

Gunter Weller, Director, Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Dr. Weller was honored for his dedication to understanding global change and its regional consequences, and for successfully promoting global change as an international priority.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Executive Director, Lead International, Inc. (Leadership for Environment and Development)

Ms. Marton-Lefèvre was honored for her outstanding leadership as a promoter, organizer, and manager of international scientific cooperation.

Bert Richard Johannes Bolin, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

Dr. Bolin was honored for his leadership in international research programs for the study of global climate and his scientific contributions to that field. He has advised policy and science communities around the world on the critical issues of local, regional, and global climate change induced by human activity.

Philip Hemily, Advisor to the US National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Hemily was honored for his contributions to international scientific research and engineering development for over 50 years. He recognized the importance of science and technology policies as components of political, economic, education, employment, and trade policies.

Joseph H. Hamilton, Department of Physics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Dr. Hamilton was honored for his tireless efforts in bringing together hundreds of scientists from around the world to research theoretical and experimental atomic and nuclear physics, and for his lasting contributions to international cooperation, education, and research.

Harold Jacobson, Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dr. Jacobson was honored for his tireless and continuing achievements in promoting multi-national, interdisciplinary studies, which have resulted in a lasting contribution to international cooperation in the scientific study of the human dimensions of global environmental change.

Thomas Malone, Sigma Xi, The Research Society

Dr. Malone was honored for his exemplary and ceaseless efforts to promote, organize, and lead international interdisciplinary programs of scientific research and cooperation in support of science, society, and our global future.

Robert Marshak, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, presented posthumously

Dr. Marshak was honored for his extraordinary efforts to foster international scientific cooperation by helping to establish international scientific organizations, promoting international research exchange programs, and organizing international conferences.

For a complete listing of past AAAS International Scientific Cooperation Award recipients, please see the Archives.

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