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India-U.S. Workshop on Science, Diplomacy and Policy

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Date:January 11-13, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), JRD Tata Auditorium, Bangalore, India

Co-funded by AAAS and the Indo-U.S. S&T Forum

The United States and India share a key characteristic -- of having science and technology strengths that can be used to not only bolster their bilateral cooperation but also to build bridges between countries and address global challenges, while advancing science and innovation. The workshop on Science, Diplomacy and Policy, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) of India, brings together key U.S. and Indian stakeholders in the fields of science and policy-making, including diplomacy in particular, and deliberating about the capacity to do so. The workshop will highlight how various types of mechanisms can be developed and utilized for science diplomacy, drawing upon the historical context for implications for the future. The goals of the workshop are to strengthen the harnessing of the power of science in, and for, diplomacy and to explore strategies and modalities that can enhance the capacity of both countries to conduct science diplomacy and cooperate on science components of global issues.

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Executive Summary of discussions 


Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (evening only) 

Inaugural Session and Welcome Reception 
Chair: Arcot Ramachandran, Chairman, TERI 
Rapporteur: V. Siddartha

5:00PM-6:00PM    Opening Remarks and Introduction 
-    Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS 
-    Ronen Sen, former Indian Ambassador to the U.S.
6:00PM-7:00PM    Welcome Reception
7:00PM-8:00PM    Dinner


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 

1: Science and Diplomacy in Action 
Chair: Saurabh Kumar, former Indian Ambassador to IAEA, UNIDO, and UNOV 
Rapporteur: N. Ravi

9:30AM-11:00AM    Science, from cooperation in scientific research and related activities to academic exchanges, has been used by countries in their foreign policy to promote engagement and positive relationships between countries. This session will discuss how science has historically been put into action by the United States and India in supporting foreign policy objectives of the respective governments. 
-    Paula Dobriansky, Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters, and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs 
-    Jayant Prasad, Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs
11:00AM-11:30AM    Tea/Coffee Break

2: Global Issues in Science and Diplomacy Chair: S. V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary, Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, and Head of Systems Laboratory, IIT Madras 
Rapporteur: R. N. Ganesh

11:30AM-1:30PM    As countries must address increasingly global challenges that are underpinned by science and technology, scientific engagement and cooperation between countries are increasingly important to bilateral and multilateral relationships. This session will focus on a number of contemporary global issues in which science and cooperation in science play key roles in diplomacy and relationship-building between countries, such as food, agriculture, and sustainability; health; climate change and energy; and oceans and environment. 

-    Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI 
-    Robert Gagosian, President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership 
-    P. S. Goel, former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences 
-    Kenneth Bernard, Rear Admiral and Asst. Surgeon General (retired), U.S. Public Health Service, and former Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense, Homeland Security Council, White House
1:30PM-3:00PM    Lunch

3: Mechanisms for Science and Diplomacy I 
Chair: Ravi B. Grover, Director, Strategic Planning Group, Department of Atomic Energy 
Rapporteur: Amitav Mallik

3:00PM-4:30PM    Science can be incorporated into diplomacy-making, and more broadly internationally-relevant policy-making, processes through diverse mechanisms depending on a country's system of government and scientific enterprise. This session will discuss governmental and non-governmental, formal and informal, approaches. 
-    Roddam Narasimha, JNCASR, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister, and former President, Indian National Science Academy 
-    William Colglazier, Executive Officer, U.S. National Academy of Sciences 
-    V. Sumantran, Hinduja Motors
4:30PM-5:00PM    Tea/Coffee Break

Special Session: Science Communications Chair: V. S. Ramamurthy, Director, NIAS
-    Pallava Bagla, Science and NDTV 
-    L. K. Sharma, New Scientist
6:30PM-7:30PM    Dinner


Thursday, January 13, 2011 (morning only) 

4: Mechanisms for Science and Diplomacy II: Capacity Building 
Chair: K. P. Vijayalakshmi, Professor of American Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University 
Rapporteur: L. V. Krishnan

9:30AM-10:45AM    This session continues to discuss the mechanisms in which science can be incorporated into diplomacy-making, with particular focus on non-governmental and governmental approaches for fostering and building capacity for science and diplomacy. 
-    Vaughan Turekian, Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, and Chief International Officer, AAAS 
-    V. S. Ramamurthy, Director, NIAS
10:45AM-11:15AM     Tea/Coffee Break

5: Science, Diplomacy and Policy in the U.S. and India 
Chair: M. R. Srinivasan, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission 
Rapporteur: S. K. Sahani

11:15AM-12:30PM    Science in and for diplomacy fits into a broader context of science input to national policy-making in general. This session will address the current state of the U.S. and India science policy systems and where the international and science diplomacy elements fit. 
-    M. Vijayan, President, Indian National Science Academy 
-    Al Teich, Senior Policy Adviser, AAAS

Wrap-up Panel: India-U.S. Cooperation and Science Diplomacy 
Chair: Vaughan Turekian, Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, and Chief International Officer, AAAS
12:30PM-1:30PM    This final panel will discuss the state of science cooperation between the U.S. and India, the direction of science diplomacy going forward in each country, and opportunities in science diplomacy for the two countries with each other and with third countries. 
-    Arabinda Mitra, Executive Director, Indo-US S&T Forum 
-    Session Rapporteurs

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