The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy is guided by the overarching goal of using science to build bridges between countries and to promote scientific cooperation as an essential element of foreign policy.
The Center focuses its core activities at three levels:
- Inspirational: Raising the profile of science diplomacy by convening and building a community of stakeholders for science diplomacy activities and initiatives.
- Operational: Initiating exchanges, visits, and bilateral activities to put science diplomacy into action.
- Intellectual: Creating a foundation of research and providing a forum for thought and analysis to identify and define key issues in science diplomacy and to develop science diplomacy strategies.
Since its establishment in 2008, the Center has been particularly interested in identifying opportunities for science diplomacy to serve as a catalyst between societies where official relationships might be limited and to strengthen civil society interactions through partnerships in science and technology. In 2012, the Center launched Science & Diplomacy, an open-access policy journal, as a forum for policy discourse at the nexus of scientific cooperation and foreign policy.
The Center is grateful for the financial support of the Golden Family Foundation and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
Tom Wang, Ph.D.
Chief International Officer; Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy