Sept. 26: At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy: Empowerment

Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities for an evening of active discussion in this second event of the program series At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy. The event will be held at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., NW, Washington, DC on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Featured speakers will explore how advances in science & technology (S&T) can empower individuals and communities around the globe to affect change and improve their quality of life. Following the speaker discussion, a structured audience discussion will challenge attendees to draw from their own experiences and knowledge to further explore this theme as it relates to the larger scientific and foreign policy communities.
Free and open to the public. Reserve tickets.
Featured speakers
Judy Payne, e-Business Advisor of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team, USAID (Biosketch)
Laura Raney, Senior Technical Officer, FHI3600 & Co-founder, mHealth Working Group (Biosketch)
Elizabeth Lyons, Senior Advisor, Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary, State Department

Global scientific and public health initiatives are increasingly using S&T tools to provide greater access to information among the general public, including previously isolated people, but the scientific community is sometimes ill equipped to understand the policy hurdles that may limit their success. On the flip side, the foreign policy community may be asked to address challenges that can be uniquely solved by developments in S&T, yet may not be aware of how to implement those tools to effectively empower individuals and groups.
The Empowerment event will showcase success stories in which the S&T and foreign policy communities have worked together to increase access to information; speakers and attendees will reflect on lessons learned from these efforts, identify effective strategies and approaches, and consider future opportunities to enhance access to information and empower individuals and communities worldwide.
Additional initiatives to be discussed will include: mobile technologies for agriculture and health, air quality monitoring in Beijing by the US Embassy, Grand Challenges for Development, science and human rights, and the Clean Cookstoves initiative.
At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy is a program series co-sponsored by the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Monthly events throughout fall 2013 will provide a forum for active discussion of emerging topics at the intersection of science and foreign policy.