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 collaborations might be overcome. The growing diversity of the Academy’s international membership is an important asset for this initiative.



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John Randell

John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs Senior Program Director and Advisor to the President