Hybrid Science Diplomacy Center (SDC) Advisory Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA

The IAI held a hybrid Science Diplomacy Center (SDC) Advisory Board Meeting at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, USA from 6 to 7 March 2023 to follow-up on discussions from its first in-person meeting in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The members of the IAI Directorate and the Advisory Board engaged in collaborative and strategic planning discussions to advance on agenda items including:

  • Identifying the proposed top 2-3 priority/flagship activities for SDC
  • Discussing the timeline for executing these priority activities
  • Identifying opportunities for sustainably funding the Center’s priority activities - SDC Fundraising Strategy
  • Identifying key partners, stakeholders, Parties and IAI Associates to support the Centers’ priority activities

The output of this hybrid advisory board meeting was the decision to engage the IAI member states in the co-design process to determine the flagship or priority activities of the Center. Likewise, as a result of the initial work of the SDC Advisory Board, a draft SDC working plan has been developed, which will be presented to the IAI Parties at CoP 31. Please see the meeting report here:

  • SDC Advisory Board Meeting Report Executive Summary, Washington DC (Spanish, English)

The SDC Advisory Board Meeting also coincided with the AAAS Annual Meeting where members of the IAI Directorate presented in the session “Science Diplomacy Fellowships for Stronger Public Policies” on 4 March at 2:30-3:30pm EST.