The Hurford Science Diplomacy Initiative
Sponsored by The Hurford Foundation, the Hurford Science Diplomacy Initiative aims to help early career scientists understand the global context for their work and thus enable them to work more effectively at international levels.
Science Diplomacy: The Context for Thinking Globally about the Biological and Medical Fields
Mandë Holford, Jesse Ausubel, and Rodney Nichols
The shorthand term Science Diplomacy (SD) spans wide-ranging activities connecting science and technology with international affairs. With particular attention to global health and medicine, the six-week course of seminars samples the current landscape of SD issues, programs, and organizations. The goals of the course are to help early career biomedical scientists: (a) think more systematically about the global potential of their work, including ethical, political, and economic implications; and (b) become acquainted with the people, networks, and resources available for scientific cooperation, including for those nations with whom cooperation may be especially difficult.
Science Diplomacy spans both how science and technology can advance the goals of diplomacy and how international diplomacy can advance scientific progress. Science and technology are central for many national and international negotiations and policies, and SD activities include international collaboration to mitigate transnational threats such as infectious diseases or biological weapons. For example, scientists have played important roles in recent efforts to combat the spread of the Zika virus.
Open channels of communication among working scientists and physicians, and among science advisers to governments, especially across the borders of nations in conflict, offer valuable means for informal diplomacy, as has been the case of the normalization of relations between Israel and Egypt as well as between the U.S. and Cuba. The Internet and other technological innovations have sharply increased capacity and appetite for global scientific collaborations, often based on open access and transparency, and these in turn, like Wikileaks, affect the practice of both diplomacy and science. SD can matter for how we address issues as wide ranging as the weaponization of genetic editing (CRISPR technology), security of cyber spaces, and equitable diffusion of personalized medicine.
Challenges for SD include: developing a classification of activities and a common language about practices, especially those that work best; identifying tangible initiatives to address changing needs and goals; and convincing governmental agencies that SD should be an explicit part of their long-term roadmaps for action and funding. The increasing interest in SD makes this an opportune time for scientists early in their careers to learn and evaluate its possibilities.
About ten of the most engaged course participants (limited to those with RU affiliation) will be invited to join a field trip to Washington, DC to meet with prominent SD practitioners and tour relevant institutions. This course is a sequel to the ones previously offered, and participants from prior years are welcome to attend again. Several sessions will use clickers, or classroom response systems, to collect and analyze views of the course participants.
This course is a sequel to the ones previously offered, and participants from prior years are welcome to attend again. Several sessions will use clickers, or classroom response systems, to collect and analyze views of the course participants.
The course is part of the University’s Hurford Initiative on Science & Diplomacy, sponsored by the Hurford Foundation. The Initiative aims to help early career scientists understand the global context for their work and thus enable them to work more effectively at international levels.
Feb. 8, 2018
Feb. 15, 2018
Feb. 22, 2018
Mar. 1, 2018
Mar. 8, 2018
Topic: Science and Foreign Affairs magazine
Field Trip to Council on Foreign Relations headquarters at 68th Street and Park Avenue
: Stuart Reid, Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
and Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign AffairsSession Leaders
: Mandë Holford and Jesse AusubelReading
:A tale of two states
, Holford, M, Nichols, RReady for a Global Pandemic?The Trump Administration May Be Woefully Underprepared
, Tom Inglesby and Benjamin HaasBlockchain and Global HealthHow the Technology Could Cut Waste and Reduce Fraud
, Brian M. Till, Salim Afshar, Alex W. Peters, and John G. MearaGlobal Health Gets a CheckupA Conversation With Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
, Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Managing Editor Stuart Reid interviews the new director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.The Precision Agriculture Revolution
, J Lowenberg-DeBoer, Foreign Affairs 2015Websites to Browse
Mar. 15, 2018
Topic: Entry points for Science in the United Nations
Field trip to UN Headquarters at 42nd Street and 1st Avenue
: Richard Alexander Roehrl,
Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UN Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Session Leader
: Jesse AusubelReading
:Integrated analysis of climate change, land-use, energy and water strategies
, D Wiberg, C Young, RA Roehrl- Nature Climate, 2013 - nature.comExpert Group Meeting on Exponential Technological Change, Automation, and Their Policy Implications for Sustainable DevelopmentGlobal Sustainable Development Report 2016The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017Websites to Browse
:https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017 | Multimedia Libraryhttps://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2019
Mar. 22, 2018
Mar. 29-30, 2018
Date: Thursdays, February 8-March 22, 2018
Location: CRC 206
Student Science Diplomacy Project
Science Soapbox is a student-run podcast at the intersection of science, policy, and advocacy produced by Maryam Zaringhalam, Avital Percher, and Devon Collins. The podcast acts as a public-facing platform to highlight insights from emerging and prominent thinkers influencing science and its impact on society through policymaking, community engagement, and diplomacy.
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Additional Reading List
The items listed are essential background reading. Two or three additional articles will be distributed each week pertaining to the weekly topics.
- CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Nonco mmunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Accompanying web interactive
- The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Innovation and Technology in the World E), by Julia Lane, Kaye Fealing, John Marburger III and Stephanie Shipp (Mar 18, 2011)
- Scientific Cooperation, State Conflict: The Role of Scientists in Mitigating International Discord, A. L. de Cerreno and A. Keynan, eds, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (866), 1998.
- New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy: Navigating the Changing Balance of Power.A Royal Society Policy Document 2010, ISBN: 978-0-85403-811-4
- Science and Two-Armed Diplomats, Rodney Nichols, 1984, Science 226, p123.
- The Elusive Transformation, Science, Technology and the Evolution of International Politics, Eugene B. Skolnikoff, 1994, Princeton University Press
- Science and Technology in US International Affairs, Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, reprinted 1993.
- Arab Development Report, UN, 2002-2003.
- World Health Statistics – 2012
- Science and Two-Armed Diplomats, Rodney Nichols, 1984, Science 226, p.123.
- Chronic Diseases- The Urgent Need For Action, Henry Greenberg, et al, Routledge Handbook in Public Health. Editors Richard Parker and Marni Sommer
- National Security Strategy that includes health issues:
- National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats:
- International Health Regulations:
- Reinventing Phage Therapy, Vincent Fischetti, et al, 2006, Nature 12, P1508
- Bacteriophage endolysins: A novel anti-infective to control Gram-positive pathogens, Vincent Fischetti, 2010, International Journal of Medical Microbiology, 300 p. 357
- Sample proposals: Myanmar (microbiology mainly) and North Korea (tuberculosis)
- Development Science and Science Diplomacy. By Alex Dehgan, E. William Colglazier
- Arab Development Report, UN, 2002-2003. http://www.arab-hdr.org
- Sample proposals: Argentina/Bolivia DNA barcoding project; Synchrotron project in Jordan
- Scientific Cooperation, State Conflict: The Role of Scientists in Mitigating International Discord, A. L. de Cerreno and A. Keynan, eds, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (866), 1998. (Available in the RU Dean’s office)
- Science and Technology in US International Affairs, Carnegie Commission on Science, technology, and Government, reprinted 1993
- Sample proposals: Dead Sea Net; US NAS cooperation with Iran
- The Elusive Transformation, Science, Technology and the Evolution of International Politics, Eugene B. Skolnikoff, 1994, Princeton University Press (Available in the Dean’s office)
- Building a National Science Diplomacy System, Vaughan C. Turekian, Science & Diplomacy, Vol. 1, No. 4 (December 2012)
- Beyond Reproduction: Women’s health in today’s developing world, Susan Raymond, et al, 2005, International Journal of Epidemiology 34, p.1144
- Sample proposals: Israel-Palestine Science Organization; Iran-Afghan-Mississippi Delta; Barcoding project on endangered species
- Science Diplomacy Short Course project proposal form
- The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Innovation and Technology in the World E) by Julia Lane, Kaye Fealing, John Marburger III and Stephanie Shipp (Mar 18, 2011)
- Science must be seen to bridge the political divide, Daniel Sarewitz, 2013, Nature 493, p.7.
- Lifting the burden, The Economist, December, 2012
- Obesity and cardiovascular disease in developing countries: a growing problem and an economic threat, Susan U. Raymond ,et al, 2006, Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
- Foreign Assistance in an Aging World, Susan Raymond, 2003, Foreign Affairs p.91
- Sigma Xi 2012 Assembly of Delegates address by Glenn Schweitzer and William Colglazier on Science Diplomacy: http://www.sigmaxi.org/meetings/annual/index.shtml
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Science & Technology Policy Fellowship: http://fellowships.aaas.org/