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 University. 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. Additionally, CISTP is also home to the editorial board for the research journal Science and Public Policy. The editorial board can be found here.



Research Professor Albert H. Teich Discusses His New Paper on Visa Policies for Scientists and Engineers

Research Professor Albert H. Teich filmed a short video highlighting the discoveries of his research on visa policies for scientists and engineers. The full paper, "Streamlining the Visa and Immigration System for Scientists and Engineers," was recently published by Issues in Science and Technology Policy. Video made available courtesy of The National Academies.

Watch the video here.

Recent ISTP Graduate Jonathan Berliner Recently Featured on the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) Newsletter

September 2014

ISTP graduate Jonathan Berliner recently completed a study that evaluates cyber surveillance techniques employed by government signals intelligence agencies. The model attempts to disambiguate surveillance practices and potential adverse outcomes following their disclosure.

This work arose out of a master's thesis project by Mr. Berliner, who recently worked at CSPRI over the summer further developing the work, supported in part by internal funding from the GW Office of the Vice President for Research. The project is described here where you can also find links to the paper and the spreadsheet.

CISTP Professor Appointed São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) with Brazilian Partnership Campus

September, 2014

CISTP Prefessor Nicholas S. Vonortas was recently appointed São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) for the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Departamento de Política Científica e Tecnológica. This is a new research and doctoral teaching programme on innovation policy and innovation systems.A novel funding instrument in the State of São Paulo, the new SPEC programme was established recently at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).  It is established for five years, starting September 1, 2014, with the possibility of further extension. 

For more information on the SPEC programme, click here.

CISTP Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas: R&D in Brazil

July, 2014

In July, CISTP Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas will be teaching a course at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration on Research and Development Program Evaluation. The course will continue to expand CISTP's global dialogue among Science and Technology Policy scholars and professionals.

See the syllabus here.

CISTP Professor Al Teich at the Euroscience Open Forum

June 21-26

Professor Teich traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the 2014 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2014), June 21-26.  ESOF is Europe’s largest, general science meeting. Teich was a member of the scientific program committee for the meeting and helped to organize a special dinner for about 60 members of the European science policy community at the meeting.  The meeting, which featured 120 sessions, plus plenaries and keynote lectures, drew 4,500 participants.  Almost 40,000 local residents participated in the Science in the City Festival held in Copenhagen in conjunction with the meeting.


CISTP Professor Al Teich at the U.S.-Israel Binational Sciencefoundation

June 18

Research Professor Al Teich attended the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF).  The meeting was held at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel. The BSF, founded in 1972 under an agreement between the two governments, promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative basic research projects in fields ranging from alternative energy to computational neuroscience.  The Board reviews and approves the BSF’s budget and grant distribution plan as well as a variety of policy issues that come before it.  Professor Teich, a long-standing member of the Board, was elected vice chairman for 2014-15 and will likely succeed to the chairmanship in 2015-16.

Insiders' Views of the Estonian ICT Success Story: The Rise of Skype and the E-governance Society

June 11, 2014

Part of our continuing science and technology policy seminar series of lectures, this talk was presented by both Mr. Paananen, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Estonian Development Fund, Board Member of Estonia's ITTA, and former head of Skype Estonia; and Mr. Astok, member of the board of the Estonian E-governance Academy, former Mayor and former Member of Parliament.
The discussion turned to issues of international capitalization, cybersecurity, as well as particularities of Estonia as a political and economic actor verses the United States and other large states.

Read the flyer here, and see the Skype and E-governance presentations.

CISTP Professor Published in APS

April, 2014

CISTP Research Professor, Dr. Albert H.Teich, was recently featured in the American Physical Society for his work on U.S. Visa policy. Specifically, he argues for changing the policy to preserve the U.S. advantage in an increasingly competitive world.

Read his article here, and be sure to watch for the full article coming soon to publication.

Allen Bromley Memorial Lecture

April 24, 2014

This event has been organized cooperatively by the CISTP and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa for over a decade.  It alternates between Ottawa and Washington.  This year it takes place in Ottawa on April 24.
This year's speaker is a prominent Chinese expert in science and technology policy, Professor Ru Rongping, Director of the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Read the flyer here.



"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

Dr. Parney Albright served as Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 2009 - 2013. As director, he was responsible for the management of the Laboratory and also served as President of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Dr. Albright has extensive experience in executive leadership; policy direction; strategic planning; Congressional and Executive branch interactions; financial and personnel management of large mission-focused science and technology organizations; and research, development, testing, and evaluation of national security technologies and systems.  He has a broad and deep understanding of U.S. and international civilian and military requirements, functions, and processes in the national security arena.

Read the flyer here.

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

February 19, 2014

Dr. Hudson is the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy (DDSOP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In April 2013, Dr. Hudson was appointed an ex-officio member of the NIH Advisory Council’s Working Group for the Brain Research through Advancing InnovativeNeurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. As NIH’s DDSOP, Dr. Hudson works with the NIH leadership in developing and implementing new strategic and scientific initiatives for the world’s largest biomedical research agency, which has an annual budget of $31 billion, to advance NIH’s mission of enhancing public health.

Read the flyer here.

CISTP Professor David Alan Grier at Consumer Electronics Show 2014

January 2014

At the International Conference on Consumer Electronics, held in parallel with the Consumer Electronics Show, Dr. David A. Grier presented a talk on several new consumer electronic goods and their impact on social structures.

Find a shortened video version of the talk here.

CISTP Professor David Alan Grier on Software at INDICON

December 2013

Over the past year, Dr. Grier haa been involved in a number of discussions about the nature of software engineering, its vague relationship to electrical engineering and very different pedigree. Dr. Grier says, " I organized these ideas in my talk at Indicon this year as the date of that talk coincided with the release of SWEBOK, the IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Body of Knowledge."

See 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.

Science & Technology Policy Seminar Series: Director of DARPA,
Dr. Arati Prabhakar:
"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World"

October 15 2013

In this lecture, Dr. Prabhakar discusses 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 Nicholas S. Vonortas in Korea

September 2013

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

September 2013

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)

June 2013

"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

June 2013

"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

March 2013

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

March 2013

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

March 2013

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

February 2013

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.

Informational Flyer
Special Preview of the Introduction



CISTP Professor David Grier Writes Monthly Column for the Chinese Computing Federation

February 2013

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

February 2013

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

January 2013

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

GovTech Innovators interviewed Professor David Alan Grier about his latest book, The Company We Keep, and Thinking Deeply About the Future. The full interview can be found here.


"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


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.

Conference Announcement
Conference Program
Transcript from the 2009 Conference


D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event 2012: William B. Bonvillian

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.

Visit the events page or for more information.


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.


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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