In the 21st century, innovations in science and technology are increasingly driving many aspects of human endeavor and interaction. Global health, digital and cybersecurity issues, artificial intelligence, environmental/energy sustainability, and international economic development and security are all intimately dependent on rapidly changing scientific knowledge and technological capability. Given the pace and complexity of such scientific and technological developments, countries rely on the network of science and technology attachés for policy-making and collaborative opportunities.
AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy conducted a study in partnership with the DiploFoundation to examine how diplomatic outposts can utilize science and technology representatives to conduct activities in Washington DC and in global innovation hubs, with a particular focus on the Boston ecosystem. The report provides an overview of the existing interactions of governments with the Boston ecosystem and an assessment of the current models of interaction, as well as inspiration for countries which are looking to develop their science and technology diplomacy. Furthermore, it assesses the level of efficiency or potential gaps of coordination mechanisms, taking into account work done by officials in policy hubs such as the Bay Area and Washington DC, as well as training gaps that may exist among officials and diplomats posted in Boston.
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