Amerikaanse wetenschap als nieuwe diplomatie

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12 januari 2010 | Het U.S. Science Envoys Program wil de band tussen Amerikaanse kennis en die elders in de wereld revitaliseren. Obama legt ook in zijn diplomatieke beleid nieuwe accenten door topwetenschappers de dialoog te laten heropenen en nieuwe contacten te leggen, onder wie Bruce Alberts, de hoofdredacteur van Science en oud-president van de Academie van Wetenschappen.

The program was first announced by President Obama in Cairo onJune 4, 2009, and Secretary Clinton announced the first threeenvoys in Marrakesh last November: Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-chiefof Science magazine, former National Academy of Sciencespresident and University of California at San Franciscobiochemistry professor; Elias Zerhouni, former National Institutesof Health director and Johns Hopkins University professor; andAhmed Zewail, Nobel laureate and California Institute of Technologyprofessor. Other prominent U.S. scientists will be invited to jointhe U.S. Science Envoy Program in the coming months, expanding thescope of the program to countries and regions around theglobe.

During the next two months, the first three science envoys will betravelling to key countries in North Africa, Europe, the MiddleEast, and South and Southeast Asia. Beginning this week, Dr. Zewailwill visit Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Dr. Alberts willtravel to Indonesia later this month. Dr. Zerhouni plans to visitseveral North African and Middle Eastern countries in February andMarch. The envoys are scheduled to meet with heads of state,ministers, and representatives from the scientific, education,nonprofit, and business communities to identify opportunities fornew partnerships in science and technology.

The science envoys will seek to deepen existing and develop newrelationships and gather valuable input on areas of potentialcollaboration aimed at addressing common global challenges andrealizing shared goals. They will investigate opportunities in allareas of science and technology, including math, engineering,health, energy, climate change research, and green technologies,identify the strengths of and gaps in existing scientificinstitutions, and offer recommendations. Although the envoys areprivate citizens, they will share what they learn on these tripswith the U.S. Government, and the relationships they build willhelp reaffirm our renewed commitment to global engagement.

U leest een interview van ScienceGuide met BruceAlberts hier, in een dubbelgesprek met zijn collegaAcademiepresident van China.


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