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Dr. Annick Suzor-Weiner, the science and technology counselor for the Embassy of France to the United States, will give a general audience talk covering international science from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Room 104 of the Physics Building as part of the Physics Colloquium Series. The title of her work is “Higher Education and Research in Science and Technology: a Tool for Diplomacy and for Facing Global Challenges Together.”
In the abstract of her talk, Suzor-Weiner notes:
As the challenges we face (health, environment and climate change, energy, cybersecurity) become more global, science and technology become more international and try to offer global solutions. Universities are the main actors of this common endeavor, and of the new “science diplomacy,” which can help in the progress towards peace and development. We need to find efficient ways of creating a global network of young “science diplomats.”
Suzor-Weiner is involved in fostering international connections and collaborations. Previously, she served as vice president for international affairs of the University Paris-Sud in Orsay, France. She is the president of the Science Diplomats Club in Washington, and the international councilor to the American Physical Society.
She had responsibilities in numerous international organizations: the European Physical Society, the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (of which she was vice president from 2005 to 2008), and the International Basic Science Program of UNESCO. In 2011, she received the distinction as Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur in France.
Suzor-Weiner has authored or co-authored 98 articles and supervised 13 doctorates in the field of atomic and molecular physics and optics.
She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, obtained her Ph.D. in physics in 1979 and became a full professor in 1987.