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Science Diplomacy

Science Diplomacy

Sept. 9, 2019
Bruce Pitman Center International Ballroom 
University of Idaho Moscow campus

The University of Idaho James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, the University of Idaho College of Science and the University of Idaho Martin Institute partnered to bring an expert on science diplomacy to Moscow.

E. William Colglazier, Ph.D., is the former science and technology advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State and a current adviser to the United Nations. He advances science policy and science diplomacy practice and academic training and supports international collaboration in science, technology and innovation.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, Dr. Colglazier provided the Moscow campus and community with a rare opportunity to hear firsthand about his experiences and showcase different aspects of science diplomacy in action. University of Idaho President C. Scott Green delivered opening welcome remarks.

About Dr. Colglazier

Dr. E. William Colglazier is editor-in-chief of Science & Diplomacy and senior scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). At AAAS, Dr. Colglazier advances knowledge and practice on science policy and science diplomacy and supports international collaboration and cooperation in science and technology.

From January 2016 to January 2018, he co-chaired the ten-member group appointed by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to advise on science, technology and innovation for achieving the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Colglazier served as the fourth science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, a nonpolitical appointment, working closely with U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. As a science diplomat, he visited 50 countries to facilitate global connections through science, technology, innovation and partnerships.

Dr. Colglazier has held roles as the executive officer of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council and leadership positions at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Colglazier received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971. In 2015, he received the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award of the American Physical Society that recognizes “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society” and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”

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