U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL
GLOBAL SCIENCE POLICY AND
Report of a Workshop
Committee on Global Science Policy and Science Diplomacy
Development, Security, and Cooperation
Policy and Global Affairs
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COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL SCIENCE POLICY AND SCIENCE DIPLOMACY
MICHAEL T. CLEGG (NAS), Chair, Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Sciences; Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
CUTBERTO GARZA (IOM), Provost, Boston College
JUDITH KIMBLE (NAS), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Vilas Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
C. D. (DAN) MOTE JR. (NAE), Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland
JOHN P. BORIGHT, Executive Director, International Affairs
KATHRIN HUMPHREY, Program Officer, Policy and Global Affairs
DALAL NAJIB, Program Officer, Policy and Global Affairs
HEATHER CHIARELLO, Senior Program Assistant, Policy and Global Affairs
ROBERT GASIOR, Program Associate, Policy and Global Affairs
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Preface and Acknowledgments
The United States and other countries around the world face problems of an increasingly global nature that often require major contributions from science and engineering that one nation alone cannot provide. The advance of science and engineering is an increasingly global enterprise, and in many areas there is a natural commonality of interest among practitioners from diverse cultures.
In September 2010, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy asked the National Academies to convene a workshop to explore effective ways to advance both U.S. goals and shared international goals through sound global science policy and science diplomacy, and to improve the mechanisms for carrying out these objectives.
To respond to this request, a committee was appointed by the National Academies to organize a workshop and write a report summarizing the workshop discussion. The committee convened the workshop in February 2011 in Washington, DC, to discuss the following challenges:
• How international scientific engagement can assist diplomacy, advance science, and help solve global problems; and
• What the U.S. government can do (in addition to what it already does) to help facilitate this engagement.
The committee, in developing the workshop agenda, focused the discussion on global science policy, i.e., on how the broad range of science, including basic science, can most effectively be pursued in a rapidly globalized science community, and the role of scientific cooperation in building positive relationships around the world. To keep the
workshop discussion focused, the committee decided not to address in depth the specific issues of the role of science and technology in international development, national security, and global health. These elements were not completely excluded from the discussion, but the committee noted that they rightly are being addressed in many other venues.
The workshop offered an opportunity for dialogue between researchers, policy makers, and private-sector representatives. Special invitations were extended to experts in the international scientific community as well.
The report summarizes the views expressed by workshop participants, and while the committee is responsible for the overall quality and accuracy of the report as a record of what transpired at the workshop, the views contained in the report are not necessarily those of the committee or the National Academies.
The report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.
The committee wishes to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Thomas Casadevall, U.S. Geological Survey; James Langer, University of California, Santa Barbara; Willem Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; and John Wall, Cummins Inc. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Michael T. Clegg