Julie Payette is currently serving as Québec’s Scientific Delegate to the United States. She is a Canadian engineer and astronaut who flew two space missions aboard the Space Shuttle for the construction of the International Space Station. While a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2011, she investigated the political and social impact behind international collaboration in large-scale scientific projects.


The International Space Station, with partners that surmount their cultural, organizational, and political differences to pursue a collective vision, serves as a model of science diplomacy.