Volume 13 - April 16, 2007 - Letter from Brussels

The 2nd bridges Lecture Series Event at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC:

Norman Neureiter on the Future of US S&T Policy

bridges vol. 20, December 2008 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

By Juliet M. Beverly

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Over one hundred people gathered on the evening of December 15, 2008, at the Embassy of Austria for a conversation with Norman Neureiter, bridges columnist and director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy.

Organized as an event in which audience participation would be encouraged throughout the whole evening, an informed audience from institutions such as the Department of State, science offices from other embassies, US agencies such as the National Science Foundation, or the National Institutes of Health engaged in a lively discussion that was skillfully moderated by Warren E. Leary, an award-winning Washington, DC-based science writer and former science correspondent for the New York Times.

The event entitled "The Internationalization of Science - What's in the Future for US Science and Science Policy?" was hosted by the Office of Science

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Warren Leary (left) with
Norman Neureiter (right).

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The discussion was followed
by a reception with Austrian
foods and wines.

& Technology (OST) as the second in a series of discussions that feature columnists and other expert contributors to its online magazine. "Since bridges is a pure online magazine," said Philipp Marxgut, Austrian science attaché to the United States and director of the OST, in his opening remarks, "the OST believes it's important to bring the "virtual" bridges community together once in a while to meet and greet in person and to exchange opinions face to face on the topics discussed in the magazine."

The evening discussion quickly turned to issues that Neureiter often advocates for in his bridges columns , such as science as a "soft power tool" for foreign relations, as well as an issue that now occupies the minds of many: What will happen to federal - and public - support for science in a tough economy?


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