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NODES Forum 2015

1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC

Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES) Forum 2015:
Science, Technology and Engineering Diasporas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As part of the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, we will hold a half day roundtable discussion on the theme – Diasporas in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  The goal of the roundtable is to identify how diasporas in the science and technology fields can develop useful networks, leverage existing programs, and contribute to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Special focus will be on case studies and examples. Open to all AAAS annual meeting registrants.


Thursday, February 12

1:00pm            Opening Remarks and Welcomes

                                    Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, AAAS

 Dr. Frances Colón, Acting Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State

1:30pm            Opening Discussion

                                    Ambassador Román Macaya, Costa Rica

                                    Dr. Piotr Moncarz, Stanford University

                                    Ms. Sylvia Flores, Manos Accelerator

                                    Ms. Laura Gomez, Founder of Atipica

2:30pm            Break

3:00pm            Group Discussion

4:00pm            Closing Session

4:30pm            Networking Reception

5:45pm            Go to AAAS Opening Ceremony and President’s Address


Guiding Questions for Discussion Sessions:

  • What are the advantages of engaging diaspora communities for innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • What mechanisms and approaches exist in these areas?
  • What are some lessons learned from current activities?
  • What would help facilitate greater diaspora engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • What are some challenges for diasporas specific to innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • How does being a member of the diaspora community have an impact on efforts in these areas?
  • What roles do universities, large S&T-based companies and start-ups have with respect to diasporas in innovation and entrepreneurship?




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.

Event Contact

A. A. Roetken

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