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Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships

In this rapidly changing world and in light of recent movements against globalization, international scientific collaborations can bring not only new scientific insights but also cultural, economic, and political benefits. Such collaborations promote evidence-based science on a global scale, encourage outstanding training programs to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers, create a valuable forum for advancing not only science but also cultural understanding, and enable the development and operation of large-scale research facilities whose cost may be impractical for any one country to bear. The increasing size and complexity of these facilities as well as of instruments such as telescopes and particle accelerators means that strong international partnerships are likely to become even more important for future scientific progress.

The American Academy proposes to engage its international membership and scientific institutions in other countries in an effort to articulate the benefits of international science collaboration and to explore solutions to associated challenges. The Academy, with its diverse membership comprising over 5000 leaders in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, engineering, business, and public affairs, is well-positioned to articulate the case for why international science collaborations are important for the nation and the world, as well as to recommend ways in which barriers to the success of these collaboration might be overcome. The growing diversity of the Academy’s international membership will also be an important asset for this initiative.

Project Leadership

Project Chairs

  • Arthur Bienenstock
    Stanford University;
    Member of the National Science Board
  • Peter Michelson
    Stanford University

Steering Committee

  • Claude Canizares
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • David Fidler
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Matthias Hentze
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • John Hildebrand
    University of Arizona
  • David Korn
    Harvard Medical School
  • William Lee
    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
  • Shirley Malcom
    American Association for the
    Advancement of Science
  • Cherry Murray
    Harvard University; formerly,
    DOE Office of Science
  • Venkatesh Narayanamurti
    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Harvard University
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade
    University of Chicago
  • Geraldine Richmond
    University of Oregon
  • Vaughan Turekian
    National Academies of Sciences,
    Engineering, and Medicine
  • Caroline Wagner
    The Ohio State University;
    formerly, RAND scholar

Project Staff

  • John Randell
  • Rainer Asse
  • Gregory Savageau

Support for the Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships project is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Project Chairs

Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford University

Peter Michelson, Stanford University

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