Together with the Science Diplomats Club, the Office of Science and Technology organizes monthly Science Breakfasts, where a prominent member of the American science and technology community, speaks to an audience of counselors from embassies in Washington.
Since January 2007, these breakfasts have provided the 30-40 guests from 15-20 countries, with the opportunity to strengthen ties with American leaders in science and technology in a positive atmosphere. Visits from notable guests such as the Undersecretaries for Science in the Departments of Homeland Security and Energy as well as directors from NOAA, DARPA and the American Chemical Society have often led to further cooperation amongst their organizations.
Dr. Alice P. Gast, an internationally renowned scholar, researcher and academic leader, was appointed the 13th president of Lehigh University in 2006. She is also serving as the U.S. Science Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. She will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on June 14, 2012. Dr. Gast will discuss her experiences as Science Envoy to Central Asia and the Caucasus, focusing on the value of international education and the importance of science and technology diplomacy.
Kate Kirby is the Executive Officer of the American Physical Society (APS), the premier professional organization of more than 47,000 physicists from academia, national laboratories and industry, and a leading publisher of scientific journals. She will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on April 24, 2012.
Dr. Larry P. Cooper is Program Executive for the NASA Centennial Challenges Program. The program uses prize incentive competitions to drive technological innovation of interest to NASA and the country.
He will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
Ms. Robynn Sturm Steffen is in charge of Open Innovation, as Advisor to the Deputy Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on Thursday, February 9, 2012.
In honor of five years of Science Diplomats Club science breakfasts at the Embassy of France, the Royal Netherlands Embassy will be hosting a meeting with speakers Jim Turner and Malcolm Butler of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Dr. David Bowen is CEO of Malaria No More.
Until November 2011, he was Deputy Director for Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, he was responsible for interactions between the Foundation and governments worldwide. He will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Dr. Alex Dehgan is the Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and heads the Office of Science and Technology within the new Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning. He gave a presentation to and engaged with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on Thursday, November 10, 2011.
Dr. E. William Colglazier was appointed in July 2011 as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State.
The Honorable William D. Magwood, IV was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 1, 2010.
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.