Marga Gual Soler: on science diplomacy as a contact sport

The Science Soapbox team sits down with longtime friend and mentor Dr. Marga Gual Soler, Project Director at the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Trained as a molecular biologist, Dr. Gual Soler traded in her lab coat to build a career for herself as a diplomat for science. In this episode, we chat about how she became a diplomat, why scientists should embed themselves into government, and new science diplomacy education programs under way at the Center for Science Diplomacy.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:

  • We chatted about the findings from this illuminating Science & Diplomacy article co-authored by Dr. Gual Soler and her colleagues at the Center for Science Diplomacy — International Collaboration in Connecting Scientists to Policy
  • Be sure to check out the full report “Connecting Scientists to Policy Around the World” to learn more about the AAAS’s landscape analysis for how scientists and engineers around the world are aiming to integrate into government
  • The Science Diplomacy Education Network is an excellent one-stop shop for resources and materials for science diplomacy education programs. Check it out on their official page, with more to come soon!
  • Do read the 2010 “New frontiers in science diplomacy” report published by the AAAS and the Royal Society, which piqued Dr. Gual Soler’s interest while she was cooped up doing microscopy
  • You can learn more about Dr. Gual Soler’s path to becoming a science diplomat in this piece she wrote for Slate
  • Dr. Gual Soler also mentioned that she participated in Georgetown University’s Global Competitiveness Leadership Program, which is a great opportunity for those of you listeners of Ibero-American origin. You can learn more here.
  • And of course, don’t forget to follow Dr. Gual Soler on Twitter @margagual!

This episode was recorded on April 7, 2017 in the Rockefeller University Outreach Lab. Special thanks to Visager for music.

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