Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships
Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships is a three-year American Academy project to articulate the benefits of international research collaborations and explore solutions to ongoing challenges associated with their design and execution. The project will examine a range of types of international scientific collaborations involving university-affiliated researchers, government and international research agencies, and non-government organizations.
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.