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Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop 2018

1200 New York Ave, Washington, DC

Course dates: June 25 - 29, 2018

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. 

Applications for the 2018 course are now closed. 

2017 AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy workshop participants at the Embassy of Costa Rica to the United States | Amy Shifflette

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 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston

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

Viktoria Bodnarova
Regional Representative, EURAXESS Links North America
Boyd Branch
Visiting Assistant Professor in Film, Dance and Theatre Arizona State University
Cathy Campbell
Former CEO, CRDFGlobal
Visiting Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy
Franklin A. Carrero-Martinez, Ph.D.
Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, acting U.S. Department of State
Bill Colglazier
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy, AAAS
Nizar Farsakh
Principal, Farsakh Training & Consulting, LLC
Robin Grimes, FRS
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser
Professor of Materials Physics, Imperial College London 
Marga Gual Soler
Senior Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, 
Mandë Holford
Associate Professor, Hunter College
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
Peter Hotez
Director, Sabin Vaccine Institute U.S. Science Envoy
Margaret Hurwitz
Deputy Applied Sciences Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jimmy Kolker
U.S. Ambassador, retired
Visiting Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy
Román Macaya
Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States
John Maisto
U.S. Ambassador, retired
Jean-Christophe Mauduit
Associate Director, Science Diplomacy Center, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Mahlet Mesfin
Deputy Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy
Marcella Ohira
Deputy Executive Director and Director for Capacity Building, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Ana Persic 
Science Specialist, UNESCO Liaison Office to the United Nations, New York
Minh-Hà Pham
Counselor for Science & Technology, Embassy of France in the United States
Ronit Prawer
East Coast Director, UK Science & Innovation Network, British Consulate-General, Boston
Cristina Rabadán-Diehl
Director, Americas Office, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Leah Stokes
Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara
Richard Stone
Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Tangled Bank Studios
Robert Swap
Sr. Physical Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tom Wang
Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS
Charles Weiss
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

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 


  • 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 note that scholarships are not available. Applicants are encouraged to seek organizational support or other sponsorship. Download a template justification letter for requesting institutional funding.

If you are interested in becoming an institutional scholarship sponsor, please contact Dr. Marga Gual Soler.

Questions about the application and selection process may be directed to 

Event Contact

Marga Gual Soler, PhD

Senior Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy

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