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Science Diplomacy 2016 Resources



The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy hosted a one-day conference that covered aspects of science diplomacy and bring science diplomacy thinkers and practitioners together. Access specific session resources, such as videos and presentations, below. You can also view highlights from the conference via Storify.

Please also take a look at the resources we have available from last year's conference, Science Diplomacy 2015.



Opening Plenary (Video | Storify)

Welcome: Tom Wang, Chief International Officer and Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS
Opening Remarks: Rush Holt, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS  
Keynote Address: Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State

COP 21 and Science Diplomacy: Is Changing How We Work Together How We Stop Changing the Climate? (Video | Storify)

Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center

Session Organizer: 
Michael Martin, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy


  • Robert Marlay, Director, Office of International Science and Technology Collaboration, Department of Energy (PDF of Presentation)
  • Scot Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Harvard University (PDF of Presentation)
  • Radha Muthiah, Chief Executive Officer, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Science Diplomacy in Korea: Case Studies and Future Policy Direction (Video | Storify)

Youngah Park, President, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) (PDF of Presentation)

Session Organizer: 
Seung Jun Yoo, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning


  • Seung-Kyu Yi, Associate Research Fellow, Division of Technology Foresight, KISTEP
  • Chan-Mo Park, Chancellor, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PDF of Presentation)
  • Gerhard Heimpold, Deputy Head, Department of Structural Change and Productivity, Halle Institute for Economic Research, Leibniz Association (PDF of Presentation)
  • Phillip Eskeland, Executive Director, Korea Economic Institute of America
  • Joachim Ragnitz, Managing Director, Ifo Institute for Economic Research

Careers in Science Diplomacy (Storify)

Teresa Stoepler, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey

Session Organizers:
Teresa Stoepler, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey
Nick Anthis, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, USAID


  • Cathleen A. Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer, CRDF Global
  • Genya Dana, Senior Science Policy Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Alex Dehgan, Co-founder, Conservation X Labs
  • Ana Elorza Moreno, Science Coordinator, Embassy of Spain

Change by Exchange: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Iran and Egypt  (Storify)

Zahar Barth-Manzoori, Head of Joint Scholarship Programmes Middle East, North Africa, DAAD Germany

Session Organizer: 
Dennis Schroeder, Director, DAAD Tehran


  • Dennis Schroeder, Director, DAAD Tehran
  • Abdel-Meguid Kassem, Professor, Cairo University
  • Christian Hülshörster, Director of Scholarship Programmes, DAAD Germany

Sharing Data: Focusing on the Use of International Scientific Databases as an Important Tool in Science and Diplomacy (Video | Storify)

Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Chief of Section Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO

Session Organizer: 
Casimiro Vizzini, UNESCO


  • Carsten W. Lederer, Lecturer, The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
  • Aaron T. Wolf, Professor, Oregon State University
  • Paula Dunbar, Leader, Natural Hazards Team - Hazards Assessment, National Centers for Environmental Information (PDF of Presentation)

Opening Doors to Iran: Building Collaborations—The Opportunities & Challenges (Video | Storify)

Siri Oswald, Director of Research Partnerships, CRDF Global

Session Organizer: 
Brenna Hill, Director of Marketing, Communications & Client Relations, CRDF Global


  • Rich Stone, International News Editor, Science
  • Alex Dehgan, Co-founder, Conservation X Labs
  • Ali Douraghy, Senior International Programs Officer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicin

Education in Science Diplomacy (Video | Storify)

Mandë Holford, Associate Professor, The City University of New York, Hunter College; Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH); Co-Director of the Hurford Science Diplomacy Initiative at Rockefeller University

Session Organizer:
Mandë Holford


  • Kathryn Olesko, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
  • Melody Brown Burkins, Dartmouth College, Associate Director for Programs & Research, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Matthew Daniels, Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Aerospace Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Closing Plenary "Connecting Science to Policy Around the World" (Video | Storify)

Opening Remarks:
Cynthia Robinson, Director, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Marga Gual Soler, Project Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

Session Organizer:
Marga Gual Soler


  • Chris Tyler, Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Jose Franco, Director, Science Outreach Center, National University of Mexico (PDF of Presentation)
  • Addie Ryan, Finance and Operations Manager, ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS



A Model for Science Diplomacy Exposure and Training in Graduate-Level Science Education 
Enrique Lin Shiao             
University of Pennsylvania

A Science Diplomacy Agenda for the European Union (PDF)
Leonie Maes
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

A Student Led Initiative to Promote Cuba-USA Relations through Scientific Exchange (PDF)   
Leilani Chirino 
University of Pennsylvania

And Then There Were Many: The Spanish Scientific Diaspora    
Mireia Crispin   
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Antarctica: Science Diplomacy and International Cooperation Protect the Global Commons       
Cecilia G. Flocco               
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Diplomacy for Science: Strategies to Promote International Collaboration          
Igor Linkov         
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Initiating Science Diplomacy in Complex Environments: NTI-CENESS Nuclear Dialogues               
Charles Powell
Nuclear Threat Initiative

International Public Science Programs as Grassroots Science Diplomacy  (PDF)             
Kimberly Arcand              
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

Iran Beyond Politics, Creating a Cultural Bridge through a Photo Exhibition           
MaryAm  Ghadiri                             
Purdue University

Medical and Science Engagement in North Korea (PDF)            
Sharon  Kim       
Friends in Health DPRK, Penn Science Diplomacy Group - University of Pennsylvania

NYU Science Diplomacy Course for STEM Graduate Students & Postdocs (PDF)             
Ursula   Koniges               
New York University (NYU)

Public Policy in Latin America: Learning from Each Other to Reduce the Burden of Chronic Diseases in the Region           
Maria Alejandra Paniagua            
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Public Understanding of Science Diplomacy: An Empirical Analysis of Images within the U.S. Newspapers
Mohammad Halimi         
Virginia Tech

Science Soapbox: Using Podcasting to Engage In Policy & Advocacy from The Ivory Tower
Maryam Zaringhalam, Avital Percher, Devon Collins        
The Rockefeller University

Solar Thermal Technology in Malaysia: Potential, Barriers, and Action Plans for the Industry (PDF)
Nofri Yenita       
Dahlan  Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia