This report responds to the following Statement of Task, which was prepared by the leadership of the National Research Council in December 2009:
The report will document the history of the National Academies’ cooperation with Iran over the past 10 years. It will describe the nature of the workshops, pilot projects, individual visits in both directions, continuing consultations, and types of relationships that have been developed and have flourished between U.S. and Iranian scientists, engineers, and health professionals during this period. It will comment on the significance and impact of the activities, practical considerations in carrying out activities, and opportunities for future work.
Thus, the report looks both to the past and to the future. Of special interest are activities that can be undertaken to strengthen and build on the embryonic foundation for sustained scientific cooperation that began to form during the past decade. The evolution and characteristics of that foundation are significant themes of this report.
This report describes the most important components of the program of the National Academies to promote U.S.-Iran science engagement during the first decade of the 21st century. This engagement has been based primarily on the personal scientific interests of the U.S. and Iranian participants. More than 500 scientists from more than 80 institutions in the two countries have actively contributed to the jointly organized workshops and other types of exchanges.
However, these core participants are but a small portion of the scientists and others in the two countries who have been interested in the program. More than 500 other scientists from Iran and the United States have also met with exchange visitors. These other scientists have consulted with visiting specialists after guest lectures, during tours of educational and research facilities, and at receptions and other hospitality events. The overall number of scientists and students from the two countries who have attended guest lectures in person or via the Internet has been in the thousands. Also in Iran, hundreds of copies of reports of the activities—particularly Proceedings of