Dr. Mandë Holford is an associate professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at The American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research examines venoms and venomous animals as agents of change and innovation in evolution and in manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She co-founded Killer Snails, LLC, an award-winning EdTech company. She has been named a 2020 Sustainability Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Breakthrough Women in Science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NPR’s Science Friday, a Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery fellow, and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Her Ph.D. is from The Rockefeller University, USA.


The guest editors of the special issue, Future-Casting Science Diplomacy reflect on the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had in the relationship between science and diplomacy, and on ideas proposed by contributors to this special edition.


It is an apt time for early-career scientists to learn about opportunities at the intersection of science & diplomacy.