Washington Science Diplomat Club, SDC

by Jostein Mykletun

The Washington Science Diplomat Club (SDC) has been around for about 20 years. The membership currently includes about 80 science and technology counselors from Washington-based embassies. In addition, we have a few former science counselors as well as some U.S. colleagues from whom we benefit by having them as SDC honorary members


{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick - all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} The principal purpose of SDC is to provide an informal meeting place and networking channel for the science diplomats. Newcomers quickly find a group of colleagues with whom they can meet and "learn the ropes" of the Washington science scene. Second, SDC offers a meeting forum where, on six to eight occasions a year, we get together to receive briefings on central science and technology issues of the day. Such encounters are useful in that they often provide highly relevant information and insights on central matters, including past informal talks by the science advisor to President George W. Bush, Dr. John Marburger, and the science advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. George Atkinson. Other times we have discussion sessions with people from one of the many think tanks in Washington, with representatives from NIH, NSF, AAAS, the NationalAcademies, NOAA or NIST. Other times, we have good dialogues with representatives from universities or various federal departments on pertinent issues of clear international relevance and consequence.
In addition, we "just" meet among ourselves, socially with our spouses, be it for our annual Summer Potluck Dinner or the traditional Christmas Party, the latter in recent years with the German Embassy as our favorite venue.

SDC is thus a useful and dynamic two-way information and communications forum, benefiting the members and those science, technology and higher education stakeholders in Greater Washington wishing to stay in touch with the international science community. We are open to new suggestions and ideas on how to become an even-more-attractive and internationally oriented knowledge-promoting networking instrument.

Inquiries can be made to the SDC Secretary, Joshua Mandell, senior science & technology adviser at the British Embassy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to the undersigned, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.