When Science Meets Diplomacy in a Globalized World - Dr. George Atkinson, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State
by Jutta Kern
When Dr. Atkinson was appointed as Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State on September 23, 2003, he was only the second person ever to hold this position. The post of a Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (STAS) was established in 2000 upon a National Research Council (NRC) report on S&T in foreign policy. Its mission is to serve as the principal liaison of the Department of State with the national and international scientific community. "Science provides opportunities but it still remains for the institutions of government and society in general to figure out how to use them," Dr. Atkinson is quoted in an October 22, 2003 Department of State (DOS) news release.
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