Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 24, 2012


The Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (STAS) invites accredited press to attend two events associated with the Secretary’s second annual Global Diaspora Forum on July 25 and 26.

On July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m., STAS invites press to attend an event organized in cooperation with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) to introduce two new science outreach platforms. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will launch Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science, or NODES and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine will lead the signing of a Science, Technology and Innovation Expert Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. These two launches will be followed by a reception held in the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences at 2101 C Street, NW.

On July 26 from 2:30 to 5:20 p.m., STAS invites press to a series of discussions on topics related to science diasporas. The event will include four panel discussions featuring representatives of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association of Universities, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Institutes of Health, and others. This conference will be held in the Ronald Reagan Building, USAID, Atrium Ballroom A, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. A detailed agenda listing speakers and topics is available here: http://www.state.gov/e/stas/c6077.htm.

The Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum recognizes and celebrates the work of American diaspora communities with roots across the globe and encourages them to contribute to the development of, and diplomatic relations with, their countries of origin. For additional information about the Global Diaspora Forum agenda, please visit: http://diasporaalliance.org/.

Media representatives must present of one of the following to gain admittance to this event hosted by the Department of State: (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).

Media RSVPs and inquiries should be directed to PRESS CONTACT:

Wendy Nassmacher

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

NassmacherWL@state.gov

(202) 647-6664



PRN: 2012/1197