Environment Systems and Decisions

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 331–334 | Cite as

Diplomacy for science: strategies to promote international collaboration

  • Igor LinkovEmail author
  • Sankar Basu
  • Cathleen Fisher
  • Nancy Jackson
  • Adam C. Jones
  • Maija M. Kuklja
  • Benjamin D. Trump


Technology innovation is an increasingly globalized exercise with dramatic consequences for scientific and diplomatic goals alike, and requires enhanced participation and integration of scientists and science-minded diplomats within diplomatic missions to advance shared policy goals. This more general problem is addressed in the present article by focusing on recent collaborations between U.S. and German scientists, including several of the coauthors.


Science policy International relations Diplomacy for science 



This article represents the collective discussions of two panel sessions held at the Embassy of Germany in Washington, DC in December 2014 and January 2016. Thanks are due to the two science counselors, Dr. Andrea Noske and Dr. Karsten Hess, at the German Embassy, who helped to organize and participated in the panel discussion. Thanks are also due to Mr. Joshua Trump for his editorial assistance with this paper. Igor Linkov and Sankar Basu participated in the Science Fellows Program at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin; their views and opinions within this article are derived from discussion and experience working with the U.S. Department of State personnel engaged in the program. Nancy Jackson shared her past experience as a Department of State Franklin Fellow. Permission was granted by the chief of engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to publish this material. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the individual authors and not those of the U.S. Army, National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, or other sponsor organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Linkov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sankar Basu
    • 2
  • Cathleen Fisher
    • 3
  • Nancy Jackson
    • 4
  • Adam C. Jones
    • 5
  • Maija M. Kuklja
    • 2
  • Benjamin D. Trump
    • 1
  1. 1.US Army Engineer Research and Development CenterConcordUSA
  2. 2.National Science FoundationArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt FoundationWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Sandia National LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationPalo AltoUSA

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