Science, Health, Engineering Policy and Diplomacy; Sustainable Development for the Americas

October 23-25, 2019, at the University of Arizona in Tucson

Conference Theme

Following our debut 2017 conference, Science Diplomacy with a Focus on the Americas, we are pleased to invite speakers and other participants to this year's conference.  The meeting intends to convene a broad audience related to fundamental work and application of science policy and diplomacy (SPD).  In addition to general SPD topics, we will organize a set of sessions under the theme: Science, Health, Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Sustainable Development for the Americas.  These sessions will examine global sustainability challenges and the science diplomacy approaches that can deliver solutions for the new Millennium. 

The program will emphasize the Americas, a strength of the Hispanic-Serving Institution University of Arizona, and explore topics such as global change, arid environments, water security and governance, trans-boundary conflict and cooperation, urban and rural resilience, and public health. Conference sessions will examine topics that directly impact decision-making—new technologies, big data, and changing international norms—through the lens of science diplomacy. Detailed themes are described here.

picture of a cactusWho Should Attend

As the role of science in policy-making and international relations is being questioned, our goal is to bring together practitioner and academic leaders from the fields of science, health, engineering and policy who are participating in policy and diplomacy development.  We also invite students and young professionals to learn how they can contribute to science policy and diplomacy.   

Conference Format and Highlights

We seek to balance keynote presentations by leaders in the SPD field with papers and posters submitted by participants.  The goal of this two-day meeting is to share information about trends and developments in science diplomacy from leaders and practitioners, in a welcoming setting for students and early career professionals.   We will host events for participants to expand their networks and increase their base of knowledge.  In particular, we will host a session on career opportunities in SPD hosted by AAAS Fellow alumni. 

The meeting will convene in the evening of October 23 for an opening session with a group of leaders in a discussion of success and directions of SPD.  Our Honorary Chairman, Dr. E. William Colglazier, has organized and will preside over these sessions.

**Newly added!** An optional tour of Biosphere 2 will precede the evening's events on Wednesday (Oct. 23), free to all participants who register before Sep. 23.

The two main days of the conference will be a mix of keynote talks and contributed papers in parallel sessions. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. 

At the completion of the conference, best paper/presentation awards will be selected for three categories; student, young investigator and general presenter.

Honorary Chairman

As in 2017, the Honorary Conference Chairman is Dr. William Colglazier, a former Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and Editor-in-Chief of the American Association for Advancement of Science journal Science & Diplomacy

Proceedings Publication

Selected abstracts and conference papers/extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings to be prepared by the CRC Press.  Paper formats are given here. An extended abstract/paper is not required for acceptance or presentation at the conference.