14 Sep

Science Diplomacy 2018

14 Sep 2018
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Registration for
Science Diplomacy 2018
is now open!

The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will host the fourth annual science diplomacy conference, “Science Diplomacy 2018,” on September 14, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference will be particularly special as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Center. The one-day event will bring scientists and engineers, policymakers and diplomats, and educators and students together around emerging and timely issues of science diplomacy in plenary and parallel panel sessions.


Agenda as of August 6, 2018 (mouse-over for full session descriptions)








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

Keynote Address

Peggy Hamburg | President of AAAS, Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine 


Working title: Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Global Policy Making: Mechanisms in the Americas

Organizer: Cara Marshall, Office of the Chief Science Advisor, Canada

  • Mona Nemer | Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada
  • Rita Colwell | Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Coffee break



Antimicrobial Resistance: Cooperating to Combat a Tragedy of the Global Commons

Organizer: Brad Wible, Senior Editor, Science magazine

  • Ambassador Juan José Gómez-Camacho | Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
  • Ramanan Laxminarayan | Founder and Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, senior research scholar and lecturer, Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University, Member of U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance


Think Locally to Impact Globally: Science Diplomacy at the State Level

Organizer: Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR

  • June Chen | Co-founder, Ignite Innovation
  • Juan Manuel Romero | Vice President of Innovation and Technology Transfer, UNAM Mexico City
  • Dan Wee | CEO & Founder, T3S

A New Horizon in EU Science Diplomacy

Organizer: Casimiro Vizzini, UNESCO

  • Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez | Head of Department, Centre for Social Innovation Universität Wien in Vienna
  • Pascal Griset | Professor at Sorbonne Université, Directeur of the Institute of Communication Sciences in Paris
  • Luk Van Langenhove | Director at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • Marga Gual Soler | Senior Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS (moderator)






The Science Shift: Perspectives on the Role of Diplomacy in a Changing Global Science Ecosystem

Organizer: Dominique Carter, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation

  • Rebecca Spyke Keiser | Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, U.S. National Science Foundation
  • Romain Murenzi | Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


Coffee break



Building a Trinational Initiative to Save Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico through Science Diplomacy

Organizer: Fernando Bretos, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

  • Mark J. Spalding | President, The Ocean Foundation
  • William Kiene | NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region
  • Alejandra Navarrete | The Ocean Foundation

Mega-Science = Mega Diplomacy

Organizer: Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, U.S. Department of State

  • Conny Arvis | Director, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, U.S. Department of State
  • Barry Barish | Emeritus Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology/ LIGO
  • Nigel Lockyer | Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, LBNF/DUNE
  • Charlotte Warakaulle | Director for International Relations, CERN
  • Saul Gonzalez Martirena | Senior Advisor, Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation

Beyond Borders: Migration, Health, and Diplomacy

Organizers: Kanya Long - World Bank Group/AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Franck Berthe - World Bank Group, and Richard Seifman - The Global Fund Technical Review Panel Member

  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud |Lead Environmental Specialist in the Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Vimlendra Sharan Food and Agriculture Organization (invited)
  • Paul Spiegel Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Andrew Tatem Director of WorldPop and Professor of Geography and Environment, University of Southampton



Final Plenary Session


Closing remarks 

Rush Holt  | CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Reception and Poster Session


Confirmed Poster Sessions Include

Meredith Kurz
Building International Capacity for Ocean Acidification Research from Pier2Peer
Olga Krasnyak
National Styles in Science, Diplomacy, and Science Diplomacy (A Case Study of the UNSC the P5 countries)
Jessica Tome Garcia
Preservation of the Intellectual Heritage of Countries Under Conflict and/or Repression Through a Network of Partner Organizations and Individuals 
Margaret Hurwitz
Science Diplomacy Through Cities: Applying NASA Earth Observations at the Urban Scale
Yekaterina Y. Kontar
Disaster-related Science Diplomacy: Bridging Boundaries to Advance Disaster Resilence
Kamlesh Lulla
A Unique NASA-Earth University Costa Rica science diplomacy project
Ashraf Abdelghany
Science Diplomacy Awareness Project (SDAP) - with 
co-author Alaa Obeida, Surgery Resident at Cairo University 
Adam Shapiro
From Science Denial to Foreign Disinformation - How Science Communication Research informs anti-propaganda efforts


Attendance Costs


Registration costs (from August 1)

Professional/AAAS Member


Professional/non-AAAS Member


Student/AAAS Member


Student/non-AAAS Member



For further information about Science Diplomacy 2018, please see our news item about the event.

Check out the highlights from past Science Diplomacy conferences (2017, 2016, 2015

Are you a student or early-career professional interested in science diplomacy? Want to experience science diplomacy in action? Join us on September 13 for the Science Diplomacy 2018 SciDipEd Workshop -- share practices and exchange perspectives on science diplomacy education and training, and participate in a hands-on climate diplomacy negotiation simulation. Registration closes soon!