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Thirty aspiring science diplomats gathered in South Africa for a regional workshop on science diplomacy, an inaugural training partnership.
More than 80 AAAS volunteers deployed jelly beans, Braille lettering and auditory illusions to creatively demonstrate the science of the five senses to thousands of curious participants at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has signed a memorandum of understanding with the science commission of Chile’s Senate, agreeing to collaborate on work to enhance the science-policy interface, science communication and science diplomacy in the Americas.
Diverse Participation Maximizes Benefits of Innovation, Speakers Say Speakers at two international conferences supported by AAAS stressed the importance of increased female representation in scientific fields.
An agreement signed between eight Arctic nations last May demonstrates how scientific collaboration can bring parties together to achieve common goals.
“Working with local and regional stakeholders takes time and requires realistic expectations,” says Melissa Kenney. As an Anchorassistant research professor in environmental decision support science at the University of Maryland, Kenney is building relationships with municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help craft research that’s relevant to local stakeholders and to test decision-making tools and processes on-the-ground. She emphasizes that communities need scientists who are available to answer questions related to science-based problems and solutions, including potential climate impacts. Kenney acknowledges that this level of engagement requires a sustained commitment from researchers to building these long-term relationships, but it helps ensure science has a seat at the policymaking table.