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 2021: Faces of Science Diplomacy
The shorthand term Science Diplomacy (SD) spans wide-ranging activities connecting science and technology with international affairs. With particular attention to global health and environment, the series of eight seminars (following an introductory session) will sample the current landscape of SD issues, programs, and organizations. The goals of the course are to help early career life 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.
We need hardly say during the time of COVID that science and technology are central for global well-being and the relations among nations, and for international negotiations and policies. COVID demonstrates many faces of Science Diplomacy, for example, operation of international networks to provide reliable, timely data; risk evaluation and advising governments about transnational threats; and international collaboration to mitigate such threats. COVID has familiarized many people with the promise and perils of international organizations involved in Science Diplomacy such as the World Health Organization. It has alerted humanity to the potential power of infectious diseases as biological weapons.
Comparable narratives could be offered for other major issues with strong scientific dimensions such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and conservation of cultural heritage.
While COVID has shown the importance of open channels of communication worldwide among working scientists and physicians, and among science advisers to governments, it has also shown the vulnerabilities associated with ignorance, overconfidence, disinformation, and misinformation. It has shown the complexity of the real world, including the plural rationalities that exist and persist in human societies. Meanwhile, the Internet and other technological innovations have sharply increased capacity and appetite for global scientific collaborations, often based on open access and transparency, but they may also increase volatility of knowledge and behaviors with surprising outcomes, in turn affecting the practice of both diplomacy and science.
In the course, we will offer some frameworks for thinking about Diplomacy and share some of its history, including how it relates to The Rockefeller University. We will explore how SD can matter for a range of issues, including who will do science, migration, health, and environment. As 2021 marks the start of the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, we will explore the oceans. We will examine challenges for SD, including tangible initiatives to address changing needs and goals, and excessive reliance on models of rational behavior. We will explore some critiques of SD that are emerging, in particular that it reinforces particular structures of power.
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.
At present, all seminars are planned for Zoom. Should conditions permit, some later seminars may occur as blends of in-person and remote.
Time: 3-5pm Thursday
On our general theme of Who Will Do Science, see the editorial in Science by Shirley Tilghman. Bruce Alberts, Harold Varmus and others: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/372/6538/133.full.pdf
Julie Baer is a Research Specialist at IIE where she manages the data collection and analysis for Open Doors. Her areas of expertise include trends in international academic mobility in U.S. higher education across sectors and using geospatial analysis to highlight trends in educational access. She was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Malaysia in 2012.
Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the President of the Institute of International Education, which marked its Centennial in 2019. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Dr. Goodman serves on selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwartzman Scholar. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Canadian, European, Japanese, UK, and US universities. Before joining IIE, Dr. Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has served at the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.Session Leader: Jesse Ausubel
Census of Marine Life
Concluding report, Highlights of a Decade of Discovery
Retrospective on CoML, pdf of the slides here.
International Quiet Ocean Experiment (Program website)
https://phe.rockefeller.edu/news/2021/03/04/eos-article-on-measuring-ambient-ocean-sound-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ (some recent news)
Great Global Fish Count (concept paper)
Conceptualizing science diplomacy in the practitioner-driven literature: a critical review. Pierre-Bruno Ruffini Humanities and Social Sciences Communications volume 7, Article number: 124 (2020) Cite this article https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-00609-5#Sec18 Published: 14 October 2020
The Sensationalist Discourse of Science Diplomacy: A Critical Reflection.In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Author: Tim Flink 1 https://brill.com/view/journals/hjd/15/3/article-p359_7.xml?language=en
Claudio Bifano, President of the Latin American Academy of Sciences. Claudio Bifano is a retired professor of Chemistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Facultad de Ciencias and a Ph.D degree in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, USA, in 1975. From 1996 to 1998 he was the General Director of Research and Vice‐president of the Venezuelan Council of Scientific Research, CONICIT, and between 1970 and 1976 he was the General Secretary of the AsoVAC, Venezuelan Association for the Advancement of Science. Other academic representations include being the Dean of graduate studies of the Facultad de Ciencias, Director of graduate studies of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Director of the Venezuelan´s National Graduate Advisory Council (1998‐2010), and President of the Venezuelan Academy of Sciences for the terms 2005‐2009 and 2011‐2015.
Marino Gonzalez, Professor, Simon Bolivar University (USB), Venezuela; Correspondent Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Venezuela; Member of the Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL); Researcher at the Health Economics Research Group, University of La Rioja, Spain; Coordinator of the Unit of Public Policy (USB). Areas of research: rotavirus vaccines; health system reforms in Venezuela; child health conditions.Session Leader: Jesse Ausubel
Science Diplomacy as an Umbrella Term for Science Advisory in Public and Foreign Relations in Small Developing Countries: The Case of Panama by Rolando A. Gittens , Sandra Lopez-Verges , Thais Collado, Jennifer Pimentel, Anabella Vazquez, Marta Pulido-Salgado and Ivonne Torres-Atencio
Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics : Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Latin AmericaWebsites to Browse:
https://ianas.org/ Inter-American Network of Academies of Science IANAS is a regional network of Academies of Sciences created to support cooperation towards the strengthening of science and technology as a tool for advancing research and development, prosperity and equity in the Americas. Latin American Academy of Sciences | ACAL The Latin American Academy of Sciences promotes and contributes to the development of mathematical, physical and chemical sciences for the benefit of ...; Review on Panama developing a Science Diplomacy national strategy.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America: impact and perspectives, supplement of the journal of the National Academy of Medicine of Venezuela on the covid-19 pandemic; articles on the pandemic in Spanish.
“NASEM Roundtable on Global Science Diplomacy intends to serve as an opportunity to advance knowledge at the intersection of science and policy by discussing how science diplomacy can help successfully navigate national and global challenges, address gaps in U.S. involvement in science diplomacy, including activities and initiatives of the U.S. government and non-governmental institutions, and investigate policy approaches.”
Dr. Frances Colón is the CEO of Jasperi Consulting, a boutique firm that provides science, environment and technology policy advice to higher education institutions as well as state and national-level policy-makers. She is a 2018 New Voices Fellow of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez's appointee to the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee. From 2012- 2017, Colón was the Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. As a science diplomat in Washington D.C., Dr. Colón led the re-engagement of scientific collaboration with Cuba and coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama. Dr. Colón is the founder of Cenadores Puerto Rico, a non-profit platform that facilitates collaboration between the Puerto Rican diaspora and civil society on the Island. In 2016, Dr. Colón was named one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology by CNET and was a 2015-2016 Google Science Fair judge. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico. Her doctoral dissertation was on “Different roles for bone morphogenetic protein 2 in the differentiation and maturation of enteric and sympathetic neurons.”Session Leaders: Mandë Holford
Science Diplomacy and Future Worlds by E. William Colglazier
Science and Technology Diplomacy with Cuba
Revitalizing the State Department and American Diplomacy
The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. A leading expert on the biology and geochemistry of the deep seabed, Dr. Escobar is a member of the international Executive Planning Group for the United Nations Ocean Decade.The mission of the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE), formerly the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), is to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Together with the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the GDR (Groupement de Recherche) Polymers and Oceans of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), GCSE is working to launch a French-American Research Cohort on Plastic Pollution. Due to their physical and chemical characteristics, microplastics (tiny particles under 5 mm in length) and nanoplastics (plastic fragments in the <100 nm size range) constitute a particular challenge as they are present across air, soil and sediment, freshwaters, seas and oceans, plants and animals, and in the global food system thereby also affecting human health. The Cohort aims to identify and fill remaining knowledge gaps, and to produce actionable scientific knowledge to provide decision-makers with information that can inform, and potentially mitigate, the challenges of micro- and nanoplastics.
Dates: Thursdays, Mar. 25-May 20, 2021
Science Soapbox is a student-run podcast at the intersection of science, policy, and advocacy initiated by SD alums 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.
The items listed are essential background reading. Two or three additional articles will be distributed each week pertaining to the weekly topics.