Scientific Drivers of Science Diplomacy across Asia-Pacific Region

Friday 11th, August 2017, 1:20-3:20 PM
Jefferson Room (3F)

The science has a long history of broad international cooperation for scientific advancement, in particular, from research exchange to large-scale research facilities. Recently, science is becoming even more critical in complex international negotiations and addressing global challenges such as climate change, infectious disease, and natural catastrophes. Such globalization of science is leading scientists from the region and across the globe naturally into international policy settings.

In the age of the accelerating science and technology, science diplomacy is increasingly becoming a central element of the public diplomacy and a soft power, and is emerging as an active area of study and policy considerations. This forum seeks to understand the nature and the role of science diplomacy for enhancing cross-border cooperative activities despite challenging political environments. In particular, the science diplomacy partnerships in and around the Asia-Pacific region are explored, which may contribute to building the capacity for sustainable science diplomacy in the region through bilateral and multilateral projects and an active engagement of long-term research platforms and scientist organizations.

Seunghwan Kim
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)


Time Content
   13:20-13:30 Welcome and Introduction by Chair
Chair: Prof. Seunghwan Kim
Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
   13:30-13:50 TBA
Speaker: Dr. Tom C. Wang
Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
   13:50-15:10 Science Cooperation and Diplomacy Agenda in the Asia-Pacific Area
Speaker: Prof. Woo-Sung Jung
Executive Director, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)
   14:10-15:10 Panel Session
Dr. Amy Flatten, Director, International Affairs, American Physical Society (APS)
Prof. Sun-hwa Hahn, President, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)
Prof. Eun-Suk Seo, Chair, UKC 2017 & President, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)
Dr. Elizabeth E. Lyons, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF)
NB More panels can be added and announced later.
   15:10-15:20 Closing Remarks


Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)

American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)