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.
VADM Conrad Lautenbacher was Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Dr. Orbach discussed the challenges and opportunities present for energy research in the domains of solar energy, electrical energy storage, bioenergy, nuclear energy, hydrogen economy, and fusion. He also spoke about the DOE Office of Science’s Energy Frontier Research Centers and cooperative international projects (e.g. ITER in France).
The state of neuroscience globally: the impact of neurological and psychiatric disorders, the global span of scientific pursuit, and global challenges; international neuroscience organizations; and the growth of the Society for Neuroscience’s international chapters.
Scientific activities of the Carnegie Institution and prospects for nuclear power in the United States : reasons for the recent increased interest in nuclear power and barriers that must be overcome for significant expansion to occur.
The origins, purposes and activities of the ACS ; the 2008 ACS Strategic Plan ; and the society’s international engagements, including past ACS activities with the S&T diplomacy community. Possibilities for S&T Attaché/ACS Cooperation, including : the ACS Green Chemistry Institute ; the globalization-themed 238th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in 2009 ; opportunities in the US for international students in chemistry, engineering, and related sciences ; and study abroad/service learning opportunities for US chemistry students.
Role of OES in science cooperation (C-175 process, leadership in negotiations and grants making).
Role of research parks within a national innovation system, the economic impact of parks and future trends including open innovation, emerging new technologies and evolving new research park models.
NSF’s priorities based on FY08 appropriations and the FY09 request
Governance of and strategic directions for nanotechnology research, and nanotechnology risk governance
Internationalization of the US FDA