11 Feb

NODES Forum 2016: Engaging Science and Engineering Diasporas in Policy

11 Feb 2016
1:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Diplomat Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel

As part of the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, we will hold a half day discussion and networking event that will engage scientists and engineers, students, innovators, and government and embassy officials on model practices for catalyzing the growth and engagement of science and engineering diasporas in policy processes both in their country of origin and in the United States. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP if you plan on attending. 



Welcome by Dr. Tom Wang, Chief International Officer, AAAS
Address by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan


Session 1: The Demand Side for Engagement of S&T Diasporas in Policy

Dr. Ana Elorza Moreno, Science Coordinator, Embassy of Spain 
Prof. Caroline Wagner, Ambassador Milton & Roslyn Wolf Chair in International Affairs, Ohio State University
Dr. Annica Wayman, Division Chief, USAID
Moderator: Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

  • How can governments help unleash the potential of S&T diasporas to better engage in policy support or development in their countries of origin?
  • What policy support or development needs can S&T diasporas help the United States and their countries of origin fill?
  • What funding and connection mechanisms are available to diaspora networks so they can have greater policy impact?

Coffee/Networking/Brainstorming Break


Session 2: The Supply Side for Engagement of S&T Diasporas in Policy

Prof. Helena Nader, President, SBPC (Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science)
Prof. Haluk Ünal, President, Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association
Prof. Eun-Suk Seo, Vice President, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association 
Moderator: Dr. Marga Gual Soler, Project Director, AAAS

  • How do diaspora communities organize themselves and build partnerships with the public and private sectors and civil society for effective, scalable, and sustainable policy engagements with their countries of origin?
  • How are diasporas building their capacity to develop and help inform governmental policies?
  • What lessons and practices can be drawn from successful cases of diasporas engaging with policy?

Closing Remarks by Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science & Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State


Reception, co-hosted by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC), Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), and Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA)


Forum End



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 knowledge 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.