Science Diplomacy

  • Scientific capacity and cooperation has long been key drivers to achieving economic wealth, social development, ecological resilience and political stability.  The internet and digital innovations are nurturing new generations of researchers that can share findings and breakthroughs with friends and colleagues communicate all over the world, irrespective of their nationality, culture, or language. This is a critical and opportune time to investigate and frame the possibilities of science diplomacy with the same degree of rigor and energy as has been applied in other, more traditional, spheres of diplomacy and foreign affairs. What role do emerging scientists have to play as we struggle to alleviate global challenges that impact diplomatic relations? To this end, Dr. Holford in collaboration with colleagues Jesse Ausubel and Rod Nichols developed a Science Diplomacy course taught at the Rockefeller University which is supported by the Hurford Foundation.