Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a Senior Project Director in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she explores the role of science as a universal language to help break down barriers and build bridges between peoples and nations. She currently implements a landmark science cooperation agreement between AAAS and the Cuban Academy of Sciences, develops the Center’s global science diplomacy education and capacity building initiatives, leads a research project analyzing science-policy connections around the world, and serves as an associate editor of the open-access policy journal Science & Diplomacy.
Marga serves on the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts Group to the European Commissioner, Carlos Moedas and on the advisory board of the Horizon 2020 project, Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe. Recently, she was selected as a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and was named one of the “100 Spanish experts in innovation” by Fundación Cotec, "40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy" by The Huffington Post, and “10 Latinas Think Big Innovators to Watch in 2016.” Her professional and research activities have taken her to more than thirty countries where she spearheaded several initiatives to bridge science, policy, and society across political, geographical, disciplinary, and cultural divides. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, she launched the Science Diplomacy & Leadership Program, a pioneer science diplomacy immersion course in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she founded the Science Slam Festival, an event combining science and the performing arts held in Spain, Mexico, Uruguay and Paraguay under the auspices of UNESCO.
Marga’s writing has appeared in Slate, Science, Scientific American, Huffington Post, and Spanish language media. She received a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia, a bachelor's and master's from the University of Barcelona in Spain, and is an alumna of the prestigious Georgetown University Global Competitiveness Leadership Program. An avid traveler, when she’s not on a plane you will find her scuba diving in underwater paradises. Follow her @margagual.