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Science Diplomacy 2018

1200 New York Ave, Washington, DC




The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy hosted the fourth annual science diplomacy conference, “Science Diplomacy 2018,” on September 14, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference was particularly special as we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Center. The one-day event brought 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.

*Read a summary of the discussions in the Science Diplomacy 2018 Conference Report here*




8:30 Registration


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

Opening Address

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

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


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
  • Aisha Jones | Executive Director, Biotech R&D Institute (Jamaica) 
  • Marcos Regis Da Silva | Executive Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Bunmi Akinnusotu Chief of Staff, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (moderator)
10:30 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
  • Jessica Petrillo | Senior Advisor for Health Security, Office of International Health and Biodefense, U.S. Department of Stat

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

Organizer: Ivy Estabrooke, Executive Director for Corporate Executive Programs at PolarityTE

  • June Chen | Managing Partner, Mountain Pacific Venture Fund
  • 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)
12:15 Lunch

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)
  • Andrew Price | Head of Team, Regional Manager, Americas at UK Science & Innovation Network, British Embassy, Washington DC
  • Rachel Parker | Senior Director Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Catharine Young Senior Director of Science Policy, Biden Cancer Initiative
14:30 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 | Independent Consultant
  • Alejandra Navarrete | International Legal Advisor, Mexico, The Ocean Foundation

Mega-Science = Mega Diplomacy

Organizer: Cole Donovan, 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
  • John McDermott | Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture and Health, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Paul Spiegel Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Victor Alegana Research Fellow for Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton

Peace, Security, and Power: The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Today's World

Organizer: Mahlet N. Mesfin, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

  • Melissa L. Flagg Head of U.S. Army Research Laboratory Northeast
  • Jessica T. Mathews Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Closing remarks 

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

Alan Leshner | CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science

17:30 Reception and Poster Session

Confirmed Poster Presenters

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
Preserving the Intellectual Heritage of Countries Under Conflict and Repression: A Model 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

AAAS is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress.  For more details, please read our code of conduct policies.

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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



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