Scientific Diplomacy to foster Atlantic Interactions
stablishing the Atlantic International Research Centre – AIR Centre

  • DATE
    June 14, 2018
  • Venue
    Emmbassy of Portugal in Washington DC
    2012 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington DC, DC 20036 United States
  • participants

The Washington Symposium, on June 14, was aimed at discussing the progress associated with the establishment of the AIR Centre in terms of its goals to promote an integrative approach to space, climate change, energy, and earth and ocean science in the Atlantic, fostered by emerging methods of data science, being continuously promoted in close alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • 9:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

    Welcome Remarks
    › Frederico Nascimento | Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C.

    Introductory remarks
    › Jared Banks | Department of State, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation

    › Antonio Sarmento | Chair of the AIR Centre Installation Committee

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Session 2: Implementing the AIR Centre – on the progress achieved

    › Bruno Pacheco | President, Regional Fund for Science and Technology

    Invited Discussants
    › John Leonard | Director of MIT’s Marine Robotics Lab, MIT

    › Burke Fort | Center for Space Research, The University of Texas at Austin

    › Peter Kristensen | WACA – West Africa Coastal Adaptation Project, World Bank

    › Vitor Mulas | Agenda on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Cities at the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global.

    › Lorenzo Carrera | Disaster Risk Management Specialist at The World Bank

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Session 3: Implementing the AIR Centre – engaging the US

    Chair and brief presentation
    › Jerry L. Miller | President, Science for Decisions.

    Invited Discussants
    › Kim Nitschke | Los Alamos National Laboratory

    › Sally MacFarlane | US Dept of Energy, ARM Program Manager

    › Eduardo Brito Azevedo | University of Azores, ARM Project Manager

    › Paul DiGiacomo | Division Chief, Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division, NOAA

    › Gregory Jenkins | Penn State, USA

  • 12:30 Closing Lunch

    › Manuel Heitor | ortuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education