Science diplomacy to get a journal

William Colglazier: 'scope to do more'

The AAAS Center for Science Development will launch a quarterly publication — Science and Diplomacy — in early 2012. The centre itself was launched in 2008 to use science and scientific cooperation to promote international understanding. 

Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of the AAAS and chief publisher of the journal Science, said they still haven’t decided on the exact format  whether it would be a scientific journal or a magazine.

“The idea is to provide a vehicle for intellectual sharing of information and ideas. And [sharing] people’s experiences and people’s history is also very important,” Leshner told SciDev.Net yesterday on the sidelines of the World Science Forum, in Budapest, Hungary, where he gave one of the opening addresses.

Romain Murenzi, executive director of TWAS, who worked as a director of AAAS’s Center for Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, from 2009 before heading TWAS this year told SciDev.Net: “I think it’s a very good idea. It’s always good to disseminate information, in a readable and accessible way, but what we don’t want is to go into any philosophy – you need a few things people can focus on, to make decisions, and I think it’s possible to come up with a journal that can help people in the scientific and diplomatic communities to get closer.”

Such a journal could help build capacity and prepare scientists and diplomats for big international meetings where science plays a key role, such as climate change meetings, he said. Murenzi also spoke at the forum, where he and Leshner signed a memorandum of understanding committing AAAS and TWAS to new science diplomacy programme. For a full report have a look at our news site later today.

William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to US secretary of state Hilary Clinton, told SciDev.Net there has been a growing demand from around the world for the United States to share its experiences and expertise in science. And although there is widespread support for science diplomacy efforts within the current US government, there is scope to do more, he said.

Stefan Michalowski, head of the OECD Global Science Forum said there was a need to better understand how the North-South collaborations on science work and where they can be improved. He pointed to a recent OECD report that looked at some issues in such research collaborations

Mićo Tatalović, deputy news editor, SciDev.Net

 

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