Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 22, 2010


The Governments of the United States and India will hold a Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology cooperation in Washington, D.C., June 24-25, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will head the U.S. delegation and co-chair the event with Sri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, who will also lead the Indian delegation.

Media is invited attend the opening remarks on Thursday, June 24 in the Museum’s Executive Conference Room, beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will not be a question and answer period at this event.

Access time for cameras: 7:45 a.m. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue.

Access time for writers and stills: 7:55 a.m. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue.

Media may attend the opening ceremony upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo ID card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Rahimi, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, at (202) 663-3294 or RahimiJY@state.gov.



PRN: 2010/838