NSB/INT-06-8
May 2, 2006

NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD
TASK FORCE ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE

HEARING AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS

George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street 7th Floor, City View Room
Washington, D.C.
May 11, 2006

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

+ Invited, not yet confirmed

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration, City View Room
8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. Opening Comments
  • Dr. Jon Strauss, Chair, Task Force on International Science
       - Purpose of the Hearing
       - Brief Overview of the Charge to the
          Task Force
8:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
  • Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President, George Washington University
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Introductions and Overview of Proceedings
  • Dr. Michael Crosby, Executive Officer, NSB
       - NSB-Sponsored Hearing Process
       - Self-Introduction of Hearing and Roundtable
          Participants
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Panel I – The Role of Mission Agencies in International Science Partnerships
Focus Questions:
  1. What is the current and potential role of mission agencies in supporting the international science partnerships described in the task force charge 1?
  2. Should these international science partnerships1 be a more explicit objective of the mission agencies?
  3. How best can these international science partnerships1 be leveraged to support U.S. foreign aid objectives?
    • Dr. William Brennan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
    • Mr. M. Peter McPherson+, President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
    • Mr. Michael O’Brien+, Assistant Administrator for External Relations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Mr. John Young+, Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Department of Defense
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Panel II – Funding for International Science Partnerships
Focus Questions:
  1. Do Federal agencies have adequate funds and sufficient latitude in deploying funding, to successfully support these international science partnerships 1?
  2. Is the current level of collaboration and coordination between Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) adequate for achieving the full benefits of these international science partnerships 1?
  3. How best should funding for these international science partnerships1 be deployed to encourage scientific capacity building in developing nations, while minimizing brain drain?
    • Dr. Norman Neureiter, Director, Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, AAAS
    • Mr. Alessandro Damiani, Minister Councilor, Science, Technology and Education, European Union
    • Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, Deputy Director, National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center
    • Dr. Marina Koch-Krumrei, Director, Washington Office, German Research Foundation
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel III – The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Science
Focus Questions:
  1. What is the current and potential role of NGOs in supporting these international science partnerships1?
  2. How can these international science partnerships1 by utilized to create effective and sustainable improvements in science education in developing nations?
    • Dr. David Evans, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
    • Dr. Maggie Collins, Program Officer, U.S. Committee for International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
    • Mr. Charles T. Owens, Senior Advisor, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation
    • Dr. Natalia Agapitova, Innovation Specialist, World Bank
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Keynote Address (by invitation only)
Dr. John H. Marburger, Science Advisor to the President and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The University Club, 1918 F Street
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Panel IV– Policy Perspectives on International Science Partnerships
Focus Questions:
  1. What is the current and potential role of the U.S. government is supporting these international science partnerships1?
  2. Are these international science partnerships1 of the highest priority for the U.S. government, and if so, is a government framework in place to support these partnerships?
  3. Is the current U.S. visa process adequate for enabling these international science partnerships1?
    • Senator Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation
    • Dr. George Atkinson, Science and Technology Advisor, Department of State
    • Mr. Owen Cylke, National Research Council, Committee on Science and Technology for Foreign Assistance
    • Dr. John Boright, Executive Director, Office of International Affairs, National Academy of Sciences
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Summaries of Discussions and Next Steps for the Task Force
  • Dr. Strauss
  • Dr. Crosby
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Reception, City View Room (by invitation only)

Welcoming Remarks
  • Dr. Michael Brown, Dean, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

INVITED DISCUSSANTS

Dr. Michael Brown Dean, Elliott School on International Affairs, GW
Ms. Cathleen Campbell President and CEO, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation
Mr. E. Bruce Howard Deputy Director, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, U.S. Department of State
Dr. P. Patrick Leahy+ Acting Director, U.S. Geological Society
Dr. Kristin M. Lord Special Adviser to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Franklin Moore Director, Office of Environment and Science Policy, U.S. Agency for International Development
Dr. Raymond Orbach+ Director, Office of Science, Department of Energy
Dr. Jeffrey Runge+ Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Hratch Semerjian Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Nicholas Vonortas Director, Center for International Science and Technology Policy, GW
Dr. Thomas Weber Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

For more information, please contact Amanda Slocum at 703-292-7000 or aslocum@nsf.gov.


1 National Science Board. Charge to the Task Force on International Science. September 19, 2005 (NSB-05-134).

This Board Hearing and Roundtable Discussion on May 11, 2006 will focus on the current and potential role of the U.S. Federal government in achieving the following international science partnership policy objectives, stated in the task force charge:

Bruce Carpel and Joanna Rom
Executive Secretaries

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