Elizabeth Lyons is a program director in the Office of International Science and Engineering at the U.S. National Science Foundation. She served on an NSF-funded detail to the Department of State from 2011-2014. In 2016, she acted as the Office Head for NSF’s Tokyo Regional Office and as Science and Technology Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.


This is an urgent call for greater leadership, collaboration, and action. These need to be guided by visionary and strategic plans so that Higher Education Institutions can rebuild public trust in science and effectively engage in science diplomacy.


International collaborations dramatically boost the American science, technology and innovation enterprise and, in turn, they strengthen the world's ability to address our most pressing global challenges.


A strategic platform that facilitates partnerships between U.S. and foreign academic institutions can help the United States sustain its scientific leadership, support national interests, address global challenges, and advance knowledge.