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Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop 2017

  • AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy 1200 New York Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop, hosted by the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. 

Course dates: September 10 - September 16, 2017.

Application deadline: May 30, 2017.

Young science diplomats visit the Einstein Memorial outside the U.S. Department of State | Courtesy of Marga Gual Soler

Young science diplomats visit the Einstein Memorial outside the U.S. Department of State | Courtesy of Marga Gual Soler

This first-of-its-kind course is designed as an immersion experience in the science diplomacy ecosystem of Washington D.C., combining academic lectures, field visits, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and leadership training. Alumni will join a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors. 

During the workshop: participants will:

  • Engage directly with leaders and practitioners in the field of science diplomacy 
  • Understand the role of science, technology and innovation in foreign policy and international relations
  • Develop skills and practical tools to navigate the complex interplay between science and diplomacy
  • Become part of the AAAS Science Diplomacy Education Network, launched at the Science Diplomacy Conference 2017

This intensive week-long training fosters the next generation of boundary-spanning, globally-connected scientists and diplomats reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors. 

Curriculum and Activities

The program is divided in three modules: 

Academic: includes lectures by international leaders in the different fields of science diplomacy (energy, environment, climate, water, global health, nuclear nonproliferation, space, etc.), exclusive online learning tools, interactive case studies, and experiential learning through role-playing exercises and simulations. 

Leadership: personal and professional development in communication, teamwork, negotiation, and entrepreneurship across cultures and disciplines.

Networking: visits to federal agencies (including NASA and the U.S. Department of State), embassies, non-profits, multilateral organizations and think tanks, career orientation sessions and access to a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to impact society. 

Confirmed Speakers  

 

Marcella Ohira
Deputy Executive Director and Director for Capacity Building, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

 

Ernesto Fernández Polcuch
Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO

 

Cristina Rabadán-Diehl
Director, Americas Office, Office of Global Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

Román Macaya
Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States

 

Robert Swap
University of Virginia 

 

John Maisto
U.S. Ambassador, retired 

 

Boyd Branch
Visiting Assistant Professor in Film, Dance and Theatre
Arizona State University

 

Peter Hotez
Director, Sabin Vaccine Institute
U.S. Science Envoy

 

Chef José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen

 

Mandë Holford
Associate Professor, Hunter College
Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History

 

Cathy Campbell
Former CEO, CRDF Global

 

Daryl Copeland
Senior Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Author of Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations

 

Alex Dehgan
CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

 

Tom Wang
Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS 

 

Marga Gual Soler
Project Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

 

Bill Colglazier
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy, AAAS

 

Norman Neureiter
Senior Adviser, AAAS

Who should attend? 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including:

  • Graduate students, scholars and faculty in science, engineering or international relations
  • Policymakers, diplomats, and international organizations staff and interns
  • Representatives of non-profit and non-governmental organizations
  • Other participants as deemed appropriate by the selection committee. 

There is no nationality restriction or age limit; however, participants should be early- to mid-career. Current graduate students are also encouraged to apply. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will establish an expert committee to identify qualified applicants. Preference will be given to those who are:

  • members of the scientific community whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena;
  • members the policy and diplomacy communities interested in exploring the central science-based themes that might influence their work.

 How much does it cost?

Registration includes: 

  • Tuition and all materials
  • Scheduled meals
  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights (single and double options available; see below for pricing)
  • Local transportation
  • 1 year of AAAS membership 

Fees: 

  • Registration with Double Occupancy Hotel Accommodation: $2,300 
  • Registration with Single Occupancy Hotel Accommodation: $3,300

AAAS Members will receive a $100 discount. 

All prices are given in U.S. dollars. Limited spaces are available for a no-lodging option ($1,500 for non-members; $1,400 for AAAS members): includes tuition, all materials, and most meals. Please note that hotels in Washington, D.C. average $300 per night around workshop dates.  

Apply Online

Please direct any application questions to diplomacy@aaas.org.  

Download a template justification letter for requesting institutional funding.

Letters of invitation will be issued to international participants upon request. 

If you are interested in becoming an institutional scholarship sponsor, please contact Dr. Marga Gual Soler at mgsoler@aaas.org

Applications close May 30, 2017.