Science for Diplomacy: Building Scientific Cooperation with North Korea

Science for Diplomacy: Building Scientific Cooperation with North Korea 
a symposium at the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (USA)
Date: February 13, 2009
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Grand Ballroom E
Organized by:
Linda Staheli, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)
Vaughan Turekian, AAAS

Moderator: Eric Novotny, CRDF
Peter Agre, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Schoool of Public Health
- U.S. Understanding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Stuart Thorson, Syracuse University
- Education as a Tool for Scientific Collaboration
Fred Carriere, The Korea Society
- Challenges and Opportunities

Discussant: Vaughan Turekian, AAAS
As relations between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) proceed, there is a growing focus on identifying areas of bilateral interest and mutual understanding to catalyze peaceful science collaboration. This session opens a dialogue and highlights and explores the challenges and opportunities of U.S.-DPRK scientific engagement. In May 2007, four organizations with extensive experience in successfully establishing and advancing international scientific partnerships joined together to form the U.S. Consortium for DPRK Scientific Engagement: AAAS, The Korea Society, Syracuse University, and CRDF. In this session, each consortium member will fous on different areas of scientific engagement, including student exchanges, cooperation between scientific communities, specific areas for advancing scientific collaborations, and why science is a useful tool of engagement. In 2009, the consortium plans to travel to the DPRK, led by Nobel Laureate and AAAS President-Elect Peter Agre, to facilitate an information exchange to better understand the nature of the scientific infrastructure and priority areas in both countries.