10 Sep

Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop 2017

10 Sep 2017 through 16 Sep 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

Applications for this workshop have now closed. 

Requesting funding from your home institution? Download a template justification letter. 

Questions about the application and selection process may be directed to diplomacy@aaas.org. 

Applications for the 2017 workshop are now closed.

Course dates: September 10 - September 16, 2017.

Application deadline: May 30, 2017.

Young science diplomats visit the Einstein Memorial outside the U.S. Department of State | Courtesy of Marga Gual Soler 

This first-of-its-kind course is designed as an immersion experience in the science diplomacy ecosystem of Washington D.C., combining academic lectures, field visits, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and leadership training. Alumni will join a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors. 


During the workshop: participants will:

  • Engage directly with leaders and practitioners in the field of science diplomacy 
  • Understand the role of science, technology and innovation in foreign policy and international relations
  • Develop skills and practical tools to navigate the complex interplay between science and diplomacy
  • Become part of the AAAS Science Diplomacy Education Networklaunched at the Science Diplomacy Conference 2017

This intensive week-long training fosters the next generation of boundary-spanning, globally-connected scientists and diplomats reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors. 


Curriculum and Activities

The program is divided in three modules: 

Academic: includes lectures by international leaders in the different fields of science diplomacy (energy, environment, climate, water, global health, nuclear nonproliferation, space, etc.), exclusive online learning tools, interactive case studies, and experiential learning through role-playing exercises and simulations. 

Leadership: personal and professional development in communication, teamwork, negotiation, and entrepreneurship across cultures and disciplines.

Networking: visits to federal agencies (including NASA and the U.S. Department of State), embassies, non-profits, multilateral organizations and think tanks, career orientation sessions and access to a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to impact society. 


Confirmed Speakers  

 
Marcella Ohira
Deputy Executive Director and Director for Capacity Building, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
 
Ernesto Fernández Polcuch
Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO
 
Cristina Rabadán-Diehl
Director, Americas Office, Office of Global Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 
Román Macaya
Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States
 
Robert Swap
University of Virginia
 
 
John Maisto
U.S. Ambassador, retired 
 
Boyd Branch
Visiting Assistant Professor in Film, Dance and Theatre
Arizona State University
 
Peter Hotez
Director, Sabin Vaccine Institute
U.S. Science Envoy
 
Chef José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen
 
Mandë Holford
Associate Professor, Hunter College
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
 
Cathy Campbell
Former CEO, CRDF Global
 
Daryl Copeland
Senior Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Author of Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations
 
Alex Dehgan
CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
 
Tom Wang
Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, 
AAAS 
 
Marga Gual Soler
Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, 
AAAS
 
Bill Colglazier
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy, AAAS
 
Norman Neureiter
Senior Adviser, AAAS
 
Hassan Vafai 
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
 
Mahlet Mesfin 
Deputy Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS 
 
Margaret Hurwitz
Deputy Applied Sciences Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
 
 

Who should attend? 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including:

  • Graduate students, scholars and faculty in science, engineering or international relations
  • Policymakers, diplomats, and international organizations staff and interns
  • Representatives of non-profit and non-governmental organizations
  • Other participants as deemed appropriate by the selection committee. 

There is no nationality restriction or age limit; however, participants should be early- to mid-career. Current graduate students are also encouraged to apply. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will establish an expert committee to identify qualified applicants. Preference will be given to those who are:

  • members of the scientific community whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena;
  • members the policy and diplomacy communities interested in exploring the central science-based themes that might influence their work.

 How much does it cost?

Registration includes: 

  • Tuition and all materials
  • Scheduled meals
  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights (single and double options available; see below for pricing)
  • Local transportation
  • 1 year of AAAS membership 

Fees: 

  • Registration with Double Occupancy Hotel Accommodation: $2,300 
  • Registration with Single Occupancy Hotel Accommodation: $3,300

AAAS Members will receive a $100 discount. 

All prices are given in U.S. dollars. Limited spaces are available for a no-lodging option ($1,500 for non-members; $1,400 for AAAS members)includes tuition, all materials, and most meals. Please note that hotels in Washington, D.C. average $300 per night around workshop dates.  


Please direct any application questions to diplomacy@aaas.org 

Download a template justification letter for requesting institutional funding.

Letters of invitation will be issued to international participants upon request. 

If you are interested in becoming an institutional scholarship sponsor, please contact Dr. Marga Gual Soler at mgsoler@aaas.org. 

Applications close May 30, 2017.