NODES Science & Engineering Diaspora Engagement Roundtable at AAAS Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 14 2013
11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Location: Constitution Ball Room A; Sheraton Boston Hotel; 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA

The Network of Diaspora in Engineering and Science (NODES), in partnership with Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union, cordially invite you to the next NODES Diaspora Engagement Event at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Download agenda here.

More information on the AAAS Annual Meeting can be found here. If you plan to attend the NODES event, please RSVP by sending an email to by January 29th, 2013.

Our event includes breakout sessions to discuss:

  • IT Platforms and networks for diaspora engagement
  • Women diaspora networks
  • Funding and diaspora activities
  • Institutional perspectives for diaspora engagement

After, join us for a panel moderated by Dr. Mark Ferguson (Science Foundation Ireland) including distinguished guests sharing their perspectives on diaspora networks: Dr. E. William  Colglazier (State Department), Dr. Romain Murenzi (TWAS), Dr. Nicholas Farrell (WGNIS), Geneive Brown-Metzger (Jamaican Diaspora).

In recognition of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013 and to mark the inaugural AAAS/NODES (Networks of Diaspora in Engineering and Science) event, you are cordially invited to an Irish reception immediately following the panel discussion.


We invite you to participate in ongoing efforts to strengthen science diasporas around the world. Science and technology diasporas are a vastly under-tapped resource of human capital and we believe that enabling knowledge transfer could tremendously benefit scientists’ countries of origin, the U.S., and the world. Members of science diasporas are valuable “science diplomats”, empowered to forge linkages that can help solve global problems, advance scientific development, and better the lives of people worldwide.

A major outcome of previous diaspora events was the official launch of the Networks of Diasporas of Engineering and Science (NODES), a partnership between American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser (STAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Our July 2012 events received a positive response from participants and from colleagues across our institutions and across the nation. There was also a SciDevNet article published on the conference, available here in English and here en Español. To sustain and build on this interest, we invite you to participate in NODES and thank you in advance for your contributions to this important effort. AAAS has established a NODES listserve and if you would like to be included, please e-mail In an activity complementary to NODES, AAAS will also be collecting and sharing information and experiences from members of science and engineering diasporas. We encourage you to participate in the “Diaspora Engagement and Knowledge” survey available here. We will use the listserve to share the information. More information will be forthcoming and we invite you to visit the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), where we plan to add science diaspora content. In addition, the Center for Science Diplomacy at AAAS has created a website located here.

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