U.S. Department of State Highlights Science and Engineering Diaspora Engagement

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of State highlighted the importance of diaspora scientific engagement by co-hosting two events at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, February 13–14, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. E. William Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, delivered remarks on the importance of science diasporas to the global community during a panel discussion with representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Foundation for Polish Science.

On February 13, STAS contributed to the Science and Engineering Diaspora Engagement session hosted in collaboration with AAAS, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). It also highlighted the Department’s ongoing Network of Diaspora in Engineering and Science initiative (NODES), which works to develop science diaspora knowledge networks between the United States and other countries in order to promote scientific understanding, spur economic growth and innovation, advance U.S. international development goals, and strengthen diplomatic relationships through engagement with scientists, students, innovators, and science policy experts. This event follows the recent publication of “Potential of Science Diasporas” by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns in AAAS’ Science and Diplomacy Journal.

The Department also participated in a symposium entitled, “The United States Looks to the Global Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Horizons.” The session brought together science policy experts and science, technology, and innovation leaders from government, industry, and academia to discuss ways in which the nation can look to the horizon and enable our STI enterprise, especially U.S. universities, to foster strategic international science, technology, and innovation collaborations. The presentations generated a lively discussion and provided many ideas for how this might be accomplished.