Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES)

What is NODES?

NODES (Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science) is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) that seeks to support diaspora knowledge networks.

A diaspora is a community of people settled in a new geographic location away from their ancestral homeland. For this initiative a “diaspora knowledge network” includes scientists, students, innovators and science policy experts that are originally from a specific country or region and now live elsewhere. Although they are working outside of their country of origin, their common language and experiences build partnerships that promote scientific cooperation across countries, spur economic growth and innovation in both their country of origin and new homeland, and advance U.S. international development goals.

Science Diasporas as Diplomats

Scientists around the world share “citizenship” in a scientific community that embraces peer-review, transparency, and accountability as the best way to solve local, regional and global challenges. These values help to build prosperous and democratic societies around the world. Every country’s economic competitiveness, development and stability depend on its capacity to participate in the globally interconnected knowledge-based economies of the 21st century. Science diasporas have a unique combination of expertise, networks and cultural understanding that can lead the way in solving shared global challenges and building the innovation economies of the future.

NODES Activities

NODES seeks to support science diasporas networks by:

• Sharing best practices and knowledge about science diasporas.

• Increasing visibility and viability of knowledge networks by identifying appropriate capacity-building tools.

• Catalyzing and strengthening science diaspora networks by linking to professional societies, universities, NGOs, and government agencies at home and abroad.

• Convening diasporas to share information and best practices at various fora.

Relevant Links


International diaspora Engagement Alliance -

U.S. Department of State’s Global Partnership Initiative - //