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2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy!  

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, AAAS, and individual members and donors

10 Years of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy  



Tom Wang, Ph.D.
Chief International Officer; Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy


Mahlet Mesfin, Ph.D.
Deputy Director


Bill Colglazier, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy


Marga Gual Soler, Ph.D.
Senior Project Director


Hend Ghobrial
Program Operations Coordinator


Amy Shifflette, M.A.
Editorial & Communications Manager


Visiting Scholars

The Center hosts visitors for up to one year in areas related to science diplomacy through the Visiting Scholar Program at AAAS.


Jimmy Kolker
Visiting Scholar


Norman P. Neureiter, Ph.D. 
Senior Adviser, AAAS

Shirley Malcom, Ph.D. 
Senior Adviser for Education, Capacity Building, and Human Resource Development, AAAS

Glenn Schweitzer 
Senior Adviser, U.S. National Academies


Contact Us

Center for Science Diplomacy | American Association for the Advancement of Science | 1200 New York Avenue | NW Washington, DC 20005

Phone: +1 (202) 326-6650 | Fax: +1 (202) 289-4958 | E-mail:

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