Since its establishment in 2008, the Center has been a leader in conceptualizing science diplomacy as a critical aspect of 21st century science and international relations. The Center demonstrates how science can build bridges between societies where official relationships may be strained, strengthened interactions and partnerships between the scientific and diplomatic communities, and developed the intellectual framework and training to support the practice of science diplomacy.
The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy currently focuses its core activities around three pillars:
- Community: Build, strengthen, and maintain a community of diverse stakeholders in science, technology, policy, and international relations who contribute to and benefit from science diplomacy
- Capacity: Empower scientists and international affairs professionals around the world to be future leaders at the intersection of science and diplomacy and develop educational tools, training, and resources
- Relationships: Demonstrate and highlight the potential for science to help build relationships across disciplines, sectors, and borders and impact diplomatic efforts.
The Center is supported by the Golden Family Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and individual members and donors.