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MIT SPI: November Monthly Meeting, Science for Peace and Diplomacy

Science for Peace and Diplomacy

Monday, November 6, 2017

6:00–7:30 pm

Room: 66-144

Dinner provided for attendees!

Discussion Leads:

Ronit Prawer, East Coast Director of the UK Science & Innovation Network, British Consulate-General

Professor Jonathan King (MIT) on the topic of "Investing in Minds Not Missiles"


Driven by rapid sociopolitical, environmental, and economic shifts - the future is increasingly uncertain and change is needed. Science has a unique role to play in promoting peace, prosperity, development, and multilateral diplomacy. While this is challenged by the "post-fact" era and with an increasingly nationalist political climate, science has the potential to overcome geographic and institutional barriers to address issues that affect us all (e.g. climate change, etc.). This discussion will serve to think critically about the role of science for peace and diplomacy, as well as share ways to overcome current obstacles.


The event coincides with World Science Day for Peace and Development (November 10th), an internationally celebrated day to highlight the importance of science in and for society and that science, peace and development are interlinked.


The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to:

  • Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
  • Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
  • Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
  • Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor.

Additional background reading:

Science & Technology Advice to Foreign Ministries: Challenges in the Middle East - link

CERN: 60 years of science for peace and development - link

Science, a weapon for peace - link