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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 serves as an important vehicles 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 ISTP MA program, please vist our Academics page.

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.

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 data governance webinar?

Innovations in Digital Trade: The Sequel

Watch the event recording here!

IISTP Seminar Series

The Bromley Memorial Event

New and Noteworthy


As part of new student orientation for Fall 2020, the ISTP program will be hosting four virtual welcome sessions for incoming ISTP students on August 26-28. Stay tuned for web links to access each session but make sure to mark you calendars for:

Wednesday, August 26 from 11:00AM-12:30PM EDT – ISTP Program Welcome and Faculty Introductions

Thursday, August 27 from 1:00PM-2:00PM EDT – ISTP Research Webinar

Friday, August 30 from 11:00AM-12:00PM EDT – ISTP Alumni Speaker Session

Friday, August 30 from 12:00PM-1:00PM EDT – ISTP Student Panel

Want to learn more about Science Diplomacy?

Check out the new article by IISTP Research Professor Al Teich and former IISTP Visiting Scholar Maria Moskovko of Lund University: “Science Diplomacy in Action: European Collaboration and US participation in Research Infrastructures,” published in the June issue of Science & Diplomacy.

Introducing: International Science and Technology Policy Faculty Course Offerings, Fall 2020

(August 31-December 12, 2020)

Course Number Course Title Professor Schedule

IAFF 6141.10 /

IAFF 6141.OE

International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

Nicholas Vonortas Meets every Tuesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6143.10 Science, Technology, and Policy Analysis Anthony Eames Meets every Thursday, 7:10pm-9:00pm
IAFF 6145.10 US Space Policy Dana Johnson Meets every Thursday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6148.010 Space and National Security Peter Hays Meets every Monday, 7:10pm-9:00pm

ECON 6255.10 /

IAFF 6158.80

Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Economics of Technological Change

Nicholas Vonortas Meets every Monday, 7:10pm-9:00pm

IAFF 6158.12 /

IAFF 6158.OE1

Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Energy Policy Nina Kelsey Meets every Wednesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6158.10 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Nonproliferation Strategies & AI Carol Kuntz Meets every Wednesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm

 For more details on these courses, please visit our academics page.

Curious about blockchain?

Check out the World Bank report: “Analysing the Deployment of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the Financial Sector.” Co-authored by IISTP Director Nicholas Vonortas, the report looks at how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (BDLTs) affected the European financial sector and beyond.

A message from our Director:

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of the International Science and Technoloy Policy Program at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs!

 Graduate Programs

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!

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