U.S.-U.K. Science and Technology Agreement Signing Ceremony at U.S. Department of State

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2017


U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G. Garber will welcome U.K. Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson in the Treaty Room of the U.S. Department of State for the signing of a new U.S.-U.K. Science and Technology Agreement on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. Accompanying Jo Johnson will be Chief Executive Designate at U.K. Research and Innovation, Sir Mark Walport.

The signing ceremony marks the first-ever umbrella agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom outlining a commitment to collaborate on world-class science and innovation. The U.S.-U.K. Science and Technology Agreement is intended to provide a flexible framework for government-to-government research collaboration. It establishes common principles for collaboration and sets expectations regarding materiel, personnel, intellectual property, and security obligations, while allowing U.S. and U.K. science agencies to determine the most appropriate conditions for their work. It also lays a foundation on which future arrangements can be established.

The ceremony will be open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 3:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final access time for writers and still photographers: 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport) AND one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist.

For further information about access to the event, please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492. Media with further questions about the signing ceremony may contact Yoon Nam at namys@state.gov.