Panel Dialogue among Science and Technology Advisors to Foreign Ministers

February 19, 2017 | Medford, MA

Co-convened by: Fletcher Science Diplomacy Club and AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

Pan-Arctic Options Participants: Paul Berkman and Oran Young


This event, co-convened by the Fletcher Science Diplomacy Club and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Center for Science Diplomacy, will bring together a historic Panel Dialogue among Science & Technology Advisors to Foreign Ministers, involving:

  • Japan
    Professor Emeritus Teruo Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • New Zealand
    Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Special Science Envoy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Senegal
    Professor Aminata Sall Diallo, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Research
  • United Kingdom
    Professor Robin Grimes, 2nd Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • United States
    Dr. Vaughan Turekian, 5th Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State (current)
  • United States
    Dr. William Colglazier, 4th Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State

These five nations are pioneering members of the Foreign Minister Science and Technology Advisor Network (FMSTAN), which is emerging to integrate evidence from the natural and social sciences in a holistic manner that contributes to informed decision-making nationally and internationally. By applying science as a tool of diplomacy, FMSTAN is also creating new capacity to build common interests among nations, promoting cooperation and preventing conflict in the interests of all on Earth. This historic panel dialogue will consider capabilities and responsibilities of foreign ministries to address the accelerating number of issues at the interface of science, technology and innovation across as well as beyond national boundaries.

The event will be followed by a reception at the Fletcher School Hall of Flags, sponsored by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is located at 160 Packard Avenue in Medford, MA, just outside of Boston. The event begins at 3:00 pm and concludes at 6:30 pm. Please register here.

For more information about the Fletcher Science Diplomacy Club, contact Aditya Kaushik ( and Jean-Christophe Mauduit (

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