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The Launch of the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy

The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy serves as a global hub that brings together the diverse stakeholders – from scientist to policymakers and diplomats – who contribute to, benefit from, and direct science diplomacy. One mechanism for fostering that science diplomacy community is through its Award for Science Diplomacy, which in 2021, was renamed the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy.

To showcase that renaming and to further strengthen the science diplomacy community and AAAS's role in convening it, the Center hosted a virtual event at the 2022 AAAS Annual Meeting. The primary goal of this event was to have a screening of a short documentary—produced with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York—that ties the Hamburgs’ legacy to the award and illustrates the impact that receiving this award has had on previous awardees’ careers, as well as on the institutions they work or helped to create.

Watch the 9-min documentary here:    

Along with screening the short documentary, the event brought together former winners, the 2022 winner, and other science diplomacy stakeholders, and provide a networking space for domestic and international members of the science diplomacy community.

Watch the event here


  • Dr. Sudip Parikh, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS and Executive Publisher, Science family of Journals
  • Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg, interim Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI | bio) and daughter of David and Betty Hamburg
  • Sir David A. King, Founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair and recipient of the 2022 AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy 
  • Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, professor, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside and recipient of the 2020 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy 
  • Dr. Zehra Sayers, professor of molecular biology, genetics and bioengineering program at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey; former Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of SESAME; and a recipient of the 2019 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

Dr. Kimberly Montgomery, Director of International Affairs and Science Diplomacy at AAAS, moderated a Q&A session between the award winners and the public. 



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Event Contact

Estefania Ortiz Calva

Senior Program Associate, Center for Science Diplomacy

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