together young researchers to exchange ideas on very important topics. The program started largely with our long-standing partners Germany and Japan, but George worked hard to extend it to other nations.
George had an art of picking topics that were important to the world but also of keen importance to the nations represented in a particular symposium. So he brought together researchers around themes that were high-impact problem areas. He fostered a spirit of exchange of ideas and cooperation in those settings that was very important. It is hard to estimate the lingering value of the networks established because it is very difficult to measure that over time. But George was very passionate about these venues as ways to motivate the exchange of ideas and to build collaborations early in the careers of people who themselves will go on to have huge impact both in their own countries and for the world more broadly.
Finally, George was actively engaged in the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). He helped drive agendas that were meaningful. Many international bodies have a tendency not to implement active agendas, but here again George saw an opportunity to make a difference. So he worked hard to build collaborative agendas on issues like sustainability and others that were of global interest.
He also saw the need to reach out to countries without established academies for engineering and science and to help them understand what science and engineering could do for them. So he worked toward building relationships in Africa and other parts of the developing world where the tech base may not be as well established. He understood well what engineering could do for them as they build their own societies and nations.
George Bugliarello was all of the things I have described. He was a kind man, he was a colleague, he was a mentor, he was an educator, he was a humanist, and he was an activist. With George it was never about personal credit, it was about impact, it was about making a difference, and it was about showing the world a vision of something better and then helping drive action in support of realizing that vision.