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About the Institute

Through major international conferences and seminars, the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government officials, and industry leaders on science and technology related issues.

While collaborating with international research institutes and agencies, IISTP conducts cutting-edge research on policy issues that affect science and technology around the world and it serves as an important vehicle for international scholars to bring their ideas to Washington, DC. Institute faculty, who teach the Elliott School’s MA program in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), bring extensive expertise and experience in research, policy, and practice to students who will use the knowledge they gain to shape future policies across the globe. IISTP also collaborates closely with its “sister institute” here at the Elliott School, the Space Policy Institute (SPI), which also supports the MA in International Science and Technology Policy.

To learn more about the Elliott School, please see the school’s most recent State of the School Report. For more information on the International Science and Technology Policy graduate programs that operate alongside IISTP, please vist our Academics page.

IISTP is proud to announce a new series of online workshops focusing on :

The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies

This series of workshops explores the major issues related to the technology upgrading of emerging and catching up economies. Ultimately, technology upgrading is the precondition to improved standards of living of emerging economies as well as to sustainable development and the greening of the world economy. In a series of five workshops, we discuss the state-of-the-art understanding of the issues around technology upgrading and economic catch-up. We explore country, sector and firm-level issues based on a variety of country experiences; we examine the issues of technology upgrading in the context of inclusive development and green growth as well as policy issues that these processes entail.

The background for individual workshops are contributions in the forthcoming Oxford University Press volume “The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies” edited by Jeong-Dong Lee (Seoul National University), Keun Lee (Seoul National University), Dirk Meissner (Higher School of Economics – NRU), Slavo Radosevic (University College London), and Nicholas Vonortas (George Washington University/University of Campinas). 

This workshop series is presented in partnership with IISTP’s longtime collaborators: InSySPo–a São Paulo Excellece Chair (SPEC) programme at the University of Campinas, Brazil. For additional co-organizers and future workshop topics please visit our Technology Capability Grwoth Perfromance at the Country Level page.

Register today to receive an email invitation to the first workshop: 

Technology capabilities and their impact on growth and catching up 

Featuring IISTP Director Nicholas Vonortas 

November 4, 2020 | 7am-9am EDT

STGlobal Conference 2021 Submissions and Registration Now Open!

2021 STGlobal Conference
April 17-18, 2021, online
Submit your proposals by 16 December 2020

Students, don’t miss this great opportunity to submit your resarch and present at the conference!

Interested in AI and Global Competitiveness?

Check out this webinar from the data governance series: “What Can the US Government do to Encourage AI Competitivenss?”

The discussion explores new ideas on how to advance US AI competitiveness and features speakers Dr. Lynne Parker, Professor John Etchemendy, and Professor Ed Lazowska as well as moderator Sam Mulopulos.

Elliott School features Nick Vonortas’ and International Science and Technology Policy MA students Brennan Hoban’s and Connor Rabb’s work on Cybersecurity! 

Read the feature online or download the PDF.

Discover the landscape of far future worlds with Deep Time Reckoning

The first book from IISTP Assistant Research Professor Vincent lalenti.

Published by MIT Press and set for release on September 22, Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth explores the planet’s far future and shows readers how to become: “more deep time reckoners.” Learn more by reading this Q&A with the author.

ISTP Alum, Evan Michelson publishes new book: Philanthropy and the Future of Science and Technology

Michelson’s examination of science philanthropy is groundbreaking in its scope and, according to Cat Tully of the UK’s School of International Futures, “could not be more timely.”

What’s International Science and Technology Policy all about? Who can better speak to the question than former Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor to the Director for the National Science and Technology Council at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (and ISTP alum!) Kei Koizumi. Watch his Bromley Event keynote lecture and Q&A to discover more.

The MA program in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), Graduate Certificate in International Science & Technology Policy, and Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Policy Studies are housed within the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. IISTP faculty are heavily involved in the programs and teach many of the courses. The programs allow students to study science and technology issues related to environmental health, space, international competitiveness, and national security within a global context. Learn more about program offerings or apply today!

Event Series, Initiatives, and Programs at the Institute

Announcing the STGlobal Knowledge in Action Webinar Series!
The STGlobal Consortium is excited to announce the launch of our Knowledge in Actionwebinar series, convening young scholars and practitioners in discussion about urgent and developing issues at the nexus of science, technology and society.

The Knowledge in Action webinar series is produced by the STGlobal Consortium, a graduate-student-run collaboration between Arizona State University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.  STGlobal organizes learning-centered events for early-career scholars and practitioners in the social and policy dimensions of science and technology. Visit to learn more about our work, and keep up with us on Twitter @STGlobalConf and via our email mailing list. 

Missed the latest webinar on:

Inequities and Power Struggles in Science Communication

Watch the recording today!

Domestic and International Data Governance Issues

In collaboration with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, civil society groups such as the Internet Society Washington DC and the World Wide Web Foundation, and other research organizations such as the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for International Economic Policy, IISTP is please to present this new webinar series dedicated to the timely topic of data governance.

Join us on Zoom where expert presentations and robust audience participation in Q&A will help us all build a better understanding of these critical issues. For more information, or to watch recordings of previous webinars, please visit our events page.

Missed the latest webinar?

The Saga of TikTok and WeChat

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