Center for Strategic Communication

America has long been admired for its scientific accomplishments, and science diplomacy offers a prime opportunity to build trust relationships with the people of other nations. From the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project  to the International Space Station, NASA has been key in building and maintaining Earth-bound relationships by exploring off-world environments.

Join us for a deeper look at how NASA partakes in both traditional and public diplomacy.

Tuesday, March 5


1100 New York Ave NW

Suite 710W

Washington, DC 20005

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP by March 4.

Please arrive by 12:15 for registration.


Kent G. Bress

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Director, Aeronautics and Cross Agency Support Division

NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations

Kent Bress is the director of the Aeronautics and Cross Agency Support Division in the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He has served in that office since 1993, and has been a division director since 2007.  In his current position he oversees NASA’s collaboration with Europe and Canada, and supervises the negotiation of international agreements in the areas of aeronautics, space technology, education and public outreach.  From 1997 until 1999 he was NASA’s representative in Moscow, Russia.

Kent began his career at NASA as a Presidential Management Intern (Fellow) in 1990, after studying Russian and German at the University of Iowa and receiving a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.  He earned his MBA from Georgetown in 2001.

Dr. Vaughan Turekian


Chief International Officer

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Vaughan Turekian is the Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this role, he leads, develops and coordinates the broad range of AAAS’s international activities. He is also the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy and Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, a quarterly publication from the Center. Both the Center and the publication aim to bring together stakeholders from the scientific and foreign policy communities to identify ways to better apply science cooperation to building relationships between and among nations.

Dr. Turekian served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, where he was a lead advisor on international science, technology, environment and health issues, including, clean energy, sustainable development, climate change, scientific outreach and avian influenza. He is the two-time recipient of the Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on climate change and avian influenza.

Prior to his time at the State Department, Dr. Turekian worked at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). In 2001, he was the Study Director for the White House-requested NAS report on climate change science. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Nonresident Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and has published a numerous articles on the linkages between science and international policy. Dr. Turekian received his master’s and doctorate in atmospheric geochemistry from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Yale University with degrees in geology and geophysics and international studies.