Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy Conference

April 29, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Organized by: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman


Concepts such as the role of large-scale infrastructures in science diplomacy and the mechanisms for scientific cooperation needed in undertaking science diplomacy have become recognized as important to bridging the scientific and foreign policy communities. At the same time, different scientific disciplines have unique contributions and needs as their international efforts become more intertwined with those of the foreign policy and diplomatic communities. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy hosted a one-day conference that built not only on the policy issues that have been discussed in previous conferences and workshops, but also critically addressed the scientific drivers for diplomacy. Sessions organized by experts focused on the following themes: institutions and networks; scientific cooperation during political strain; cross-cutting areas of transboundary issues and shared scientific resources; and diplomacy needs and impact on the earth and environmental sciences, health and biomedical sciences, and physical sciences.

Paul A. Berkman served on the steering committee and chaired a session on Transboundary and Shared Resources.