Office of the Science & Technology Adviser

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The Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State was created in 2000 by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright in response to the 1999 study by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The position was authorized by Congress through Senate Act 886. Since its creation, STAS has worked to enhance the capacity of the Department to respond to the evolving role of science and technology (S&T) intersecting with US foreign policy interests. STAS links Department leadership with the vast U.S. S&T community and, through a series of fellowships, increases the number of technically trained personnel in the Department. STAS acts as a connector to the rapidly growing science, technology, and innovation landscape. We achieve our mission by:

  • Building science, technology and engineering capacity within the Department
  • Leveraging the science and technology community to promote Department foreign policy priorities
  • Connecting Department foreign policy priorities to research, development, and discovery emerging from the high-tech and private sectors

Building on almost two decades of activity, STAS remains a vibrant resource to Department leadership, senior Foreign Service officials, and bureaus and offices across the Department thus providing a focal point for S&T as a key component of U.S. foreign policy. STAS also serves as a central bridge between the Department and the vast science and technology community in the United States and abroad.