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Foster Introduces Resolution in Support of Science Diplomacy

Apr 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced a resolution in support of science diplomacy in the United States and around the world. This resolution recognizes that the United States and the world must continue to work together to address complex global challenges while highlighting that collaboration advances the diplomatic interests of the United States. It also calls on the Secretary of State to provide an infrastructure within the State Department to develop science and technology assessments and to create a Science and Technology Advisory Board to assess technical issues related to the Department’s work.

“Science provides a common language through which scientists from different countries and backgrounds can come together and work toward a common goal,” Foster said. “It allows experts from around the world to solve some of today’s most complex problems. This resolution recognizes the importance of collaboration among scientists that transcends national boundaries, and it calls on the State Department to create a framework so we can respond to critical scientific and technical issues related to the United States’ foreign policy.”

Since World War II, scientific research facilities have allowed scientists from all over the world to come together and work on groundbreaking experiments. In 1954, at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, near Geneva, Switzerland former adversaries came together through science to make a more peaceful and productive world. At Fermilab in Illinois, at the height of the Cold War, some of the earliest scientific experiments at the world’s highest energy particle accelerator were conducted by collaboration between Soviet and American scientists. Even today, physicists and engineers from around the world work together to study the building blocks of our universe and the fundamental laws of nature.

SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), is a scientific facility in Jordan that brings scientists from the Middle East and around the world together to utilize a particle accelerator that could lead to scientific breakthrough in fields as diverse as biology and archeology.  

A copy of the resolution is available here.