16 Feb

5th NODES Forum at the AAAS Annual Meeting 2017

16 Feb 2017
1:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Republic Ballroom, Sheraton Boston Hotel


 

The fifth NODES forum at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting will engage science and engineering diaspora networks to share best practices and knowledge for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their countries of origin and in the United States. The SDGs represent a universal agenda adopted by all countries to transform our world. They apply to both developed and developing countries, and have measurable targets for all nations to achieve by 2030.

The NODES forum provides scientists, students, innovators, research administrators, policymakers and diplomats with the opportunity to link their research agenda to relevant goals and jointly frame international research collaborations into policy relevant proposals to contribute to the SDGs.

Science, technology and innovation underpin the achievement of all of the SDGs, whether it is expanding access to health services and quality education; improving food security; and access to clean water and sanitation; building transparent, accountable, and stable institutions; empowering women and minorities; or promoting the sustainable management and use of renewable energy and natural resources. The goals speak to a broad range of directions needed to promote economic, environmental, and social well-being. The SDGs are interdependent and achieving one will only be possible by achieving all.

Diaspora networks’ members can become valuable “science diplomats” empowered to forge linkages between countries that can help solve global problems, advance scientific development, and better the lives of people in their country of origin and in the United States. 

Agenda

1:00 pm

Opening Remarks and Welcomes

 

Tom Wang
Chief International Officer and Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS
 
Vaughan Turekian
S&T Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State

1:15 pm

Opening Address

The Sustainable Development Goals

 
E. William Colglazier
Senior Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy and Co-Chair, UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism
 
H.R.H. Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan
President, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan and Chair of World Science Forum 2017

2:00 PM

Plenary Panel I

Scientific Diasporas and the SDGs

What are some practical ways in which science and engineering diasporas can contribute to achieving the SDGs? 
 
Román Macaya
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States 
 
Hamaguchi Michinari
President, Japan Science and Technology Agency
 
Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor
Minister of Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa 
 
Piotr Wilczek
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States
Moderator:
Franklin Carrero-Martínez
U.S. Department of State

3:00 PM

Coffee break

3:15 PM

Breakout Discussions


POLICY/DIPLOMACY
What are the policy instruments and diplomatic tools available to science and engineering diasporas to help advance the SDGs?
Franklin Carrero-Martínez | Senior Science Policy Advisor, US Department of State
Marga Gual Soler | Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

TRAINING/MENTORING
How can science diasporas be vehicles for greater knowledge and technical exchange through mentoring the next generation, both in the United States and their countries of origin?
Viktoria Bodnarova | Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America
LaShauna Evans | AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, US Department of State
Irina Pala | AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, US Department of State
Simone Poetscher | Deputy Director, Office of Science and Technology Austria and Senior Program Manager, Research and Innovation Network Austria

INNOVATION/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
How can science diasporas help build up/ or use the existing entrepreneurship ecosystem in their countries of origin to help local communities address the SDGs?
Giulio Busulini | Scientific Attaché, Embassy of Italy 
Karumuna Kaijage | Task Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, The PsySiP Project (TBC)
José Pacheco | Industry Co-Director MEngM Program, MIT

LOCAL ENGAGEMENT
We tend to talk about diasporas in national terms, but in action, they can often be more effective working at sub-national levels (regions, cities, smaller geographic communities). What lessons and best practices can be drawn from locally organized science diasporas?
Rana Dajani | Associate Professor Molecular Cell Biology Biology Department, Hashemite University Zarqa and Founder and Director, Three Circles of Alemat
Gerrit Rössler | Program Director, German Academic International Network (GAIN)

4:15 PM

Plenary Panel II

Recommendations and Best Practices

Highlight recommendations and best practices emerging from the breakout discussions

 

Viktoria Bodnarova
Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America
 
Karumuna Kaijage
Task Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, The PsySiP Project 
 
Gerrit Rössler 
Program Director, German Academic International Network (GAIN) 
 
Simone Poetscher
Senior Program Manager, Research and Innovation Network Austria
 
José Pacheco
Industry Co-Director MEngM Program, MIT
Moderator
Marga Gual Soler
Project Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

4:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Tom Wang
Chief International Officer and Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

4:45 PM

Networking Reception

Sponsored by: 
The German Academic International Network (GAIN)
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research

5:45 PM

Go to AAAS Opening Ceremony and President's Address

 

About NODES

Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES) is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, to develop science diaspora networks across the United States. It strives to support science and engineering diaspora networks by sharing best practices and knowledge, convening diaspora groups, and catalyzing their growth by linking them with useful tools and institutions so that these networks can have greater impact in their country of origin and in the United States. NODES will seek to leverage existing collaborations while fostering a variety of new ones through forums, workshops, and online resources that promote connectivity and the sharing of best practices among members of diaspora communities. A yearly gathering at the AAAS annual meeting will serve as an anchor for mobilizing new constituencies, catalyzing new capacity building activities and sharing resources.