Center for International Science and Technology Policy
The Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) is a world leader in international public policy research and education in science, technology, and innovation. It hosts visiting scholars from around the world and offers a Master of Arts degree program in International Science and Technology Policy. Center faculty oversee the coursework and dissertation research of students working in related fields throughout the George Washington Univ. Through major international conferences and seminars, CISTP facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government and industry leaders on science and technology related issues. The Center collaborates with international governmental research institutes and agencies on advances in scientific and technological policy making.
CISTP houses GW's Space Policy Institute, which concentrates its research and instruction on issues related to the U.S. and global space programs, including human space flight, space transportation, earth observations from space, and space law.
Science & Technology Policy Seminar Series: Director of DARPA, Dr. Arati Prabhakar:
"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World"
October 15th, 2013
In this lecture, Dr. Prabhakar will discuss what DARPA does for the nation, how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today's realities, and the future that it's building by creating the next generation of technology to give defense leaders more options for tomorrow's missions.
Watch the video here.
CISTP Professor David Alan Grier in The Atlantic
October 16 2013
The Atlantic's Megan Garber wrote an article on women in the workplace being the original office computing power. She draws heavily on Dr. Grier's book When Computers Were Human.
Read the article here.
CISTP Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas in Korea
Dr. Vonortas visited Korea with three goals in mind. He was recently elected to the Editorial Board of Asian Research Policy (ARP), and so attended his first meeting. ARP is supported by the Korean Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning. Dr. Vonortas also gave the keynote speech at the ARP Symposium "Asian Model of Innovation: Innovation and Creative Economy." Additionally, Dr. Vonortas was invited by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to participate in a series of interviews of Korean government, university, and industry representatives regarding Korean technology and innovation policy. These interviews, part of ongoing work for an OECD report, will be released at the end of this calendar year.
Dr. Vonortas was featured in several Korean periodicals; see one here.
CISTP Professor David Alan Grier at Taiwan's ITRI
Dr. Grier, CISTP Professor and President of the IEEE Computer Society, visited the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan's Cloud Computing Center for Mobile Applications. ITRI was recently honored with the Wall Street Journal's 2012 Technology Innovation Award for its work on SideLighter and aePLASMA.
SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
"The Assembly of Delegates [...] chose the FWF's new leader from among the three candidates nominated by the FWF Supervisory Board. Ehrenfreund won the election with an overwhelming majority of votes and will therefore become the first female president in the history of the FWF."
Professor Ehrenfreund will take over Austria's central funding organization for basic reserch in September.
Read the press release here.
CISTP MA Candidate Featured in University Newsletter, Briefing
"Christina Walrond, a second-year graduate student in the Elliott School's International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP) program, has found a niche for herself in the nuclear security field."
In the newsletter, Miss Walrond discusses her interest in the field of nuclear security, the path that led her there, as well as how she walks the line between technical and political. She also discusses her work with the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), Iran's nuclear program and the Stuxnet virus.
You can find the newsletter here.
Pell Center Study Praises the CISTP's Offerings in Cybersecuity Education
A recent study by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy assessed current efforts by graduate-level educational programs in the United States to prepare non-technical institutional leaders in government, academia, civil society and in the private sector for an era of persistent cyber threat.
The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs was rated in the top ten for Graduate Programs in International Relations by Foreign Policy Magazine, reflecting in part the variety of MA degrees offered.
The study mentioned the Center for International Science and Technology Policy, its flexible degree program and the initiatives undertaken here as positive elements of the Elliott School's cybersecurity portfolio.
You can read the article here.
CISTP Professor David Grier Interviewed by the Canadian Information Processing Society
Dr. David Grier was recently interviewed by CIPS Connections, of the Canadian Information Processing Society.
To read or listen to the interview click here.
12th Edition of CISTP Professor Albert Teich's Technology and the Future published
The 12th edition of Technology and the Future, a reader on technology and society edited by Albert Teich, research professor of science, technology and international affairs in CISTP, has been published by Cengage Learning. The book, which has been in print continuously for over 40 years, remains the best-selling text in its field. It includes 28 chapters by a wide range of authors from Pulitzer Prize-winner author Thomas Friedman to poet Wendell Berry and inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. It is available from the publisher, from Amazon, and from many other sources.
Edward Elgar Publishing Releases New Book Edited by CISTP Professor Nicholas Vonortas
The 'Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation' was published this month, edited by Albert N. Link and CISTP Professor Nicholas Vonortas.
This pioneering handbook offers a collection of critical essays on the theory and practice of program evaluation, written by some of the most well-known experts in the field.
CISTP Professor David Grier Writes Monthly Column for the Chinese Computing Federation
CISTP Professor of IT Policy David Grier recently began writing a monthly column for the Communications of the Chinese Computing Federation.
The first column can be read in the original English here.
CISTP hosts U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation meeting
On February 12 and 13, the Center hosted the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). Established in 1972, the BSF supports research collaborations between American and Israeli scientists. About 100 grants for basic research are awarded each year through a highly competitive peer review process. BSF support has paved the way for numerous scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs. The Board sets broad policy directions for BSF, chooses the areas for research support (but does not approve individual grants) and approves the annual budget. The current chair is Mina Teicher, distinguished mathematician from Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv and former Chief Scientist (2005-2007) of the Israeli Government. U.S. members, who are appointed by the State Department, include Albert Teich, Research Professor in CISTP, a past Chair of the Board, who hosted the February 2013 meeting.
CISTP Professor David Grier meets with the Chinese Computing Federation
David Grier, Professor of IT Policy and President-Elect of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) visited with the Chinese Computing Federation at the end of January, aiming to build a relationship between the two organizations. The Chinese Computing Federation was founded during the Deng Xiao Peng era in the 1980s and has become increasingly important to the computing field over the past 5-8 years, growing at a rate of 20% per year over that period.
Professor David Grier (third from left) with Angela Burgess, Executive Director of the IEEE Computer Society (second from left), Zheng Weimen, Chinese Computing Federation Society President (center), and the staff of the CCF
Professor Grier exchanging gifts with President Zheng.
CISTP Professor David Grier writes guest post for Forbes on 'Technologies of the Future'
December 07, 2012
IT Policy Professor David Grier wrote a guest post for Forbes, "Technologies of the Future: 5 Trends to Watch for 2013," outlining how he and the IEEE Computer Society sees the world unfolding over the next year.
Click here to see the article.
CISTP Professor Al Teich at the Annual Meeting of the American Geological Society
November 7, 2012
Professor Al Teich spoke at the 2012 American Geological Society Annual Meeting as part of the panel on "The National Election: What do the Results Mean for Science?" along with David Conover of the lobbying firm of Dutko Grayling.
Click here for more information.
Video of Dr. Ray O. Johnson "Innovation for a Secure Future"
November 7, 2012
Click here to view the lecture and discussion with Ray O. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, on the role of innovation in meeting the needs of U.S. security, economic growth and education.
CISTP Professor Al Teich at the 2012 World Technology Summit, New York
October 23, 2012
CISTP Faculty member Al Teich organized and participated in a roundtable on Science and the Presidential Election at the World Technology Summit at the Time-Life Conference Center in New York on October 23. Other participants included Matthew Chapman, co-founder and chair of ScienceDebate; and Fred Guterl, executive editor of Scientific American. Claudia Dreifus of The New York Times moderated the session.
Click here to go to the Summit website.
Video of Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, "Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership"
October 9, 2012
Click here to view the lecture and discussion with Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, on the intersection of foreign policy and science.
The GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series presents Manuel Cebrian, UCSD
October 16, 2012
The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth. Featuring Manuel Cebrian of UCSD, the event will cover self-organized crowds. Based on his experience with such events as the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge, the DARPA Shredder Challenge, and the 2012 Department of State Tag Challenge, Manuel will discuss the power of crowds for searching and his concerns for the limits of crowdsourcing.
Government Technology Interviews ISTP Professor David Alan Grier
October 5, 2012
"Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership" with Kerri-Ann Jones, U.S. Department of State
October 9, 2012
CISTP and the Global Gender Program present Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, as part of the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series. Video of Dr. Jones' remarks will be available soon.
GW Alumnus' Non-Profit Organization Featured in the Washington Post
The Banaa scholarship program was recently featured in a Washington Post article covering the return of their first scholar, Makwie Mabior Deng, to his native Sudan. While attending GW as an undergraduate, Evan Faber (ISTP M.A. 2010) created the Banaa organization with fellow GW student, Justin Zorn. For further information on Banaa or to donate to the program, please visit their website at www.banaa.org.
GW Seminar On Crowdsourcing
September 18, 2012
The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.
The first meeting held on Tuesday, September 18 looked at the current typology of crowdsourcing. Dr. David Alan Grier, Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy, considered the different forms of the phenomena, its relation to fields such as marketing research, process management, and organization theory.
Other speakers for the term include Manual Cebrian of UCSD (leader of the Red Balloon Challenge and the Tag Challenge teams) and Peter Lamotte of Genius Rocket.
ISTP Welcome Back Party
September 5th, 2012
We hosted our incoming ISTP students, second-year students, alumni and faculty for a casual evening event. Held in the main CISTP office, this was a chance for new students to connect with faculty, alumni, and friends of the ISTP program. Our second-year students discussed the projects they pursued over the summer break, which included an internship with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, the Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy and an internship in the Mojave Desert working with Virgin Galactic.
ISTP Capstone papers are now available
Please click here or the Capstone Papers link on the left to see papers from recent ISTP students' final projects.
IEEE USA 2012 STEM Workshop on Measures for Innovation and Competitiveness
June 6th, 2012
CISTP and the AAAS co-sponsored this event.
Bringing Advanced Innovation to the Manufacturing Sector
May 14, 2012
University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building 4101
William B. Bonvillian is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Washington, D.C. Office, where he works to support MIT's strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies and its role in national science policy. Previously he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policies and innovation issues, and he worked extensively on legislation for intelligence reform, defence and life science R&D, national competitiveness and innovation, as well as legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security.
About the D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event Since 2005 the University of Ottawa has collaborated with George Washington University in holding a series of annual events in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley. The memorial events alternate each year between Ottawa and Washington D.C. and offer an opportunity for graduate students interested in science and technology policy to meet with senior science and policy advisors in the United States and Canada. This year's event is hosted by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy.
CISTP Research Presentations in Atlanta, Spain, and Mexico
Presentations available in the Publications section.
David Alan Grier Voted 2012 President-Elect of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society
for more information click here.
Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World" with Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA
October 15, 2013
"Increasing Diversity in the STEM Workforce" with Dr. Maria Klawe
May 1, 2013
"Risk and Resilience: Moving from Fear to Confidence" with Amb. Richard LeBaron
April 24, 2013
The ST Global Consortium
Apri 5-6, 2013
GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with Michael Bernstein
November 13, 2013
"Innovation for a Secure Future" with Dr. Ray O Johnson
November 7, 2012
Video of Dr. Johnson’s remarks
"Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership"with Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones
October 9, 2012
Video of Dr. Jones’ remarks
GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier
September 18, 2012
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