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Science, Health, Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Conference and Public Panel

Science, Health and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative
October 1, 2019

The University will host delegates from around the world to discuss the need and value of science, health and engineering in developing and informing policy, and their use as a diplomacy tool during the 2019 Science, Health, Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Conference, Oct. 23-25 at the Tucson Marriott University Park. More information on the conference is at spd2019.arizona.edu.

Free Public Panel – Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This free public panel discussion will kick off the conference. The eminent panel will discuss "Overcoming Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges for the Americas and the World: How Can Science, Technology, and Innovation Help Find Solutions?" Speakers' comments will be followed by time for audience questions.

The panelists are:

  • Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Executive Director of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and former Science Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State
  • Dr. Cherry Murray, Director, Biosphere 2 Institute, and former Dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Dr. Ronit Prawer, Eastern U.S. Region Director, U.K. Science and Innovation Network

The discussion will be led by Dr. E. William Colglazier. Dr. Colglazier is Senior Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, a publication of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, and also a former Science Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. 

Conference – Oct. 23-25

The meeting's goals are to host an internationally recognized meeting on an increasingly important topic, to raise the UA's visibility and stature in a field in which we are actively involved, and to provide students an opportunity to learn about science diplomacy as a relevant topic related to their studies and as a potential career option.

We invite UA students to:

  1. Attend the meeting as a delegate
  2. Serve as a conference rapporteur

Students can attend the full meeting except for the conference dinner on Thursday evening for $25. This opportunity is limited to 50 students and the deadline to apply is Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. To apply, submit a maximum 500-word write-up on your interests in this field of science, health and engineering policy and diplomacy and value of attending the conference to your career.

Rapporteurs will support the conference on site and, more importantly, as a team develop conference proceedings. Given this commitment, rapporteurs will be admitted to all conference events at no cost. Students interested in the limited openings for rapporteurs should expand their submission noted above to 1000 words and include background on relevant experience to this position. Again, the deadline to apply is Oct. 14. Submissions and questions should be sent to SPD2019@email.arizona.edu.

We invite faculty to:

  1. Attend the entire meeting as a delegate
  2. Encourage their students to attend or participate as rapporteurs
  3. Have their classes attend one or more sessions. 

If you would like to have your full class attend a session, please contact Kevin Lansey (lansey@email.arizona.edu) and Hassan Vafai (hvafai@email.arizona.edu) to arrange logistics and ensure space is available.

Interested faculty are also welcomed to learn more about and join the cross-university Science, Health and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative (SPDI) team to advance science diplomacy on campus. See https://shepdiplomacy.arizona.edu/ for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook to stay connected: https://facebook.com/spdi.arizona.edu/.

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