Cairo Anniversary Event: Celebrating New Science Partnerships with the Muslim World

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 7, 2010

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero; Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; General James Jones, National Security Advisor; Dr. Harold Varmus, Co-chair, President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology; and Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.) will speak at an event entitled, “Celebrating New Science Partnerships with the Muslim World” on June 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Academies of Science’s Keck Center. This event will also feature the three U.S. Science Envoys—Dr. Bruce Alberts, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, and Dr. Ahmed Zewail—for the first time in a joint setting. The event is open to the press and will be audio-cast live at:


A year ago, President Obama made his historic call in Cairo for sustained partnership with Muslim communities around the world, including a focus on science and technology collaboration. Since then, the White House has led a “whole of government” approach to realizing the President’s vision to foster meaningful collaboration as a way to meet shared challenges in health, energy, the environment, and other areas. This event will highlight accomplishments to date, describe new commitments, and provide an opportunity for diplomatic, science & technology, and non-governmental organizations to comment and ask questions about the path ahead.


A 30-minute press conference with the Science Envoys will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. after the conclusion of the open discussion session.


Media representatives may attend the opening remarks, discussion session, and the press conference at the National Academies of Science’s Keck Center (500 Fifth Street, NW) upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo ID card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).


Final access time for cameras and writers (for presentation and discussion session): 9:00 a.m.
Final access time for cameras and writers (for press conference): 11:30 a.m.


For more information on the event, please contact Alice Chu, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, via phone (202) 647-1247 or email ( or Kathrin Humphrey, National Academies of Science, via phone (202) 334-2276 or email (


PRN: 2010/743