A new article by BGSI's Founding Director Omar M. Yaghi, BGSI Distinguished Affiliate Scholar Prof. Lars Öhrström, and colleagues Peter Weiderud and Prof. Morsy Abu Youssef has been accepted in AAAS's Science & Diplomacy.
In this article, the authors—three scientists and a diplomat, working across multiple continents—intend to impart some of the broad perspective and deep experience they’ve gained over the years as professionals. The diplomat among us, stationed in the Middle East, has played a role in fostering peace in a region long beset by conflict. Drawing from accumulated lessons, we intend to discuss how others can be encouraged to contribute to global science, regardless of their background or national origin. In taking on this challenge, we will share insights from our various tenures as operators of bilateral aid programs, members of international science organizations, and participants in government negotiations and other events featuring the development of global science. Specifically, this article was spurred by discussions at the SwedAlex Symposium on Scientific, Social & Cultural Sustainability through Chemical Research, held in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2017. This conference included science leaders and researchers from six countries who shared their experiences in scientific collaboration across borders.
Congratulations to the authors!
Global Engagement in Science: The University’s Fourth Mission?
L. Öhrström, P. Weiderud, M. Abu Youssef, O. M. Yaghi, Science & Diplomacy, 2018, 7, 2.