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. Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships examines impediments to these collaborations and identifies potential policy changes and best practices that could make the U.S. a better partner in international science partnerships. The project, co-chaired by Arthur Bienenstock and Peter Michelson, examines these challenges through two major foci:

The Large-Scale Science working group approaches international collaborations through the lens of issues particular to large scale science and not peer-to-peer or small-scale international work. This group has been tasked with exploring how the U.S. can enhance their role in these partnerships, both in physical facilities (e.g. the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and distributed networks (e.g. the Human Cell Atlas). This group is focusing on recommendations to target U.S. government agencies and Congressional branches to enable the United States’ ability to partake in large-scale collaboration efforts as meaningful and engaged partners. The LSS working group is led by CISP co-chairs Bienenstock and Michelson.

The Emerging Science Partners working group is exploring issues particular to U.S. scientific collaborations, at all scales, with countries seeking to boost their scientific capacity, particularly those with limited resources to do so. In particular, this working group will frame discussions on how the U.S. can be a better partner in its partnerships with countries in the Global South, and avoid the historical problems associated with “parachute science.” This group will prioritize identifying and examining difficult issues facing resource-limited researchers, such as the challenges facing women researchers in the developing world. This working group is co-chaired by Shirley Malcom and Olufunmilayo Olopade.



Project Chairs
Steering Committee

Claude R. Canizares

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rossi Professor of Physics
Academy Member

Kerri-Ann Jones

Pew Charitable Trusts

William F. Lee

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP
Academy Member

Cherry A. Murray

University of Arizona
Professor of Physics, Director of Biosphere2 Institute
Academy Member

Geraldine L. Richmond

University of Oregon
Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry
Academy Member
Project Staff

Amanda Vernon

Program Officer for Science, Engineering, and Technology

Islam Qasem

John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs and Program Director for Global Security and International Affairs

Jen Smith

Program Coordinator for Science, Engineering, and Technology


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