Expanding U.S. bilateral relationships through joint projects in science, technology, and innovation.
The work of the program has included managing dry lands in Africa, developing regional drinking water systems in Latin America, researching climate change mitigation efforts in Europe and the Caribbean, and preparing for disaster response in East Asia. The impact on bilateral relations can be as straightforward as providing an assessment of policy options for decision-makers regarding the development of new collaborative partnerships.
Examples of Recent Projects by Embassy Science Fellows:
An Embassy Science Fellow collaborated with the Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority to expand capacity in surveying and mapping. President Obama recently signed a drought disaster declaration for the Marshall Islands, which is considered among the most vulnerable regions in the world. The Fellow’s work helped to ensure that environmental sustainability informs coastal development and it directly supported disaster risk resilience in the region.
An Embassy Science Fellow in Hong Kong focused on air quality issues, a major concern in the region. The Fellow reinvigorated the dialogue with scientist counterparts on air quality and next-generation air monitoring, and engaged in outreach to the public and students. Her visit was pivotal in advancing bilateral cooperation on air quality with the Hong Kong Government.