Center for International Science and Technology Policy

About Us

The Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) conducts cutting-edge research on the policy issues that affect science and technology around the world. Center faculty, who teach the M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy, bring the theories and methods of this research to students who will use these ideas to shape future policies and plans here and abroad. The Center also provides a vehicle for international scholars to bring their ideas to Washington, D.C.

The CISTP is widely recognized for the following five major areas of research and graduate instruction:

Science, Technology, and Innovation Public Policy

The Center focuses on the policy implications of scientific advances and technological development, innovations, especially comparative analyses across countries and regions. The Center's faculty members have been prominent in applying new theories, such as the science of complexity and the analysis of national innovation systems, to innovation policymaking and problems of economic growth and development. The Center also houses the research journal Science and Public Policy.

Space Policy

The Space Policy Institute , a division within the Center, concentrates its research and teaching efforts on issues related to the space program of the United States and other countries, including human space flight, space transportation, earth observations from space, and space law.

Technology & Industry Dynamics

A key area of Center research concerns connections between technological advance and industrial structure, tension between cooperation and competition, and relationships among private companies, research universities, governments, and other technological institutions. The latter area includes the study of strategic alliances and networks.

Information Technology

Center researchers study the development of information technologies and their impacts on political decisions and the practice of international affairs.

Evaluation of Research & Development Programs

Center faculty members are international leaders on the methods and application of R&D program evaluation in the United States, Europe and Asia.




CISTP Professorial Podcasts: Dr. Grier on Crowdsourcing and the Future of Work

Of Note

Watch CISTP Professor David Alan Grier at Consumer Electronics Show 2014

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Recent Events

STGlobal Conference 2014
April 4-5, 2014

"Challenges Facing the Department of Energy: Stockpile Stewardship and Nuclear Modernization" with Dr. Parney Albright, Direcor (2009-2013) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
March 24, 2014

"Policy Challenges in Biomedical Research" with Dr. Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director of NIH for Science, Outreach and Policy
February 19, 2014

"Labor Standards for High Technology: Comparative Experience of China and India"with Professor David Alan Grier
February 18, 2014

"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World" with Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA
October 15, 2013
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"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

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Contact Us

Phone: 202.994.7292
Fax: 202.994.1639

Center for International Science and Technology Policy
1957 E Street, N.W., Suite 403
Washington, D.C. 20052